Nerlens Noel is Cleared to Resume Basketball Activities
It’s been a crazy 12 months for the 19 year old center Nerlens Noel. January of last year, Noel was showcasing his skills and why he should be the consensus #1 overall pick until he tore his ACL against Florida in February. The unfortunate injury hurt his draft stock as he fell from 1st overall to the 6th pick overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. However, the Philadelphia 76ers felt it was worth the risk trading their all star point guard Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for Noel.
Noel hasn’t played a single minute for the Sixers this season, but after the Sixers’ win on Wednesday against the Bobcats at home, it was confirmed that Nerlens Noel has been cleared for limited on court workouts and could be on the court for the Sixers this season. Although the near seven foot center has been cleared there’s no timetable for his return or even confirmation that if he will even play this season.
Here are the details via ESPN:
“After careful consideration and numerous discussions with our medical and performance teams, the consulting physician and rehabilitation staff, and Nerlens’ representatives, some of the restrictions on Nerlens have been lifted and he is now able to participate in limited on-court work,” 76ers president and general manager Sam Hinkie said in a statement.
“There are several benchmarks Nerlens still must meet, and during that time we will closely monitor his progress and regularly evaluate his status. Our goal remains the same, which is to give Nerlens every opportunity to ensure a long, productive NBA career.”
Last week Noel visited Dr. James Andrews down in Florida last week for an update on his knee. “He is doing excellent, and the team is taking good care of him,” Andrews told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Andrews said he was unable to provide more information because of privacy laws, but sources say that Noel could return to game action within the next four to six weeks barring a setback.
The Sixers find themselves at 12-25 and in last place in the Atlantic under first year coach Brett Brown. They are also 3 1/2 games back from the 8th and final seed in a very weak eastern conference. Noel coming out of the draft was regarded as the best defensive player in this past draft class, and with the Sixers being dead last in points allowed with 110.4, the Sixers could use his solid rim protecting abilities. Now working with coach Brown on a mid range game, only time will tell on well rounded a player Nerlens Noel will become.
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