Instead of making minimal contributions to a team on the cusp of NBA credibility, it looks like Nerlens Noel will likely spend the season working on his skills and recovering from the ACL tear that he suffered back in February.
This is not the end of the world. For one, the Sixers aren’t trying to win games. And even if they were, this season won’t be a total waste for Noel in terms of development, as Brown said. Noel is raw – physically and offensively – and could use some work off the court.
“I think from a skill perspective, it’s an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero,” Brown said..
It’s also important to note that, reportedly, this is not a physical setback.
Sixers source says there’s no setback for Nerlens Noel, not playing at all this year is something team has anticipated.
— Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky) October 21, 2013
Jason Wolf of the Delco Times has a similar report from a source close to the situation.
That Noel is out for the season is a little unsettling, but it rules out the risky and unadvised alternative: rushing Noel back, or letting the rookie pressure himself into rushing back. This could actually be a good thing. Have a little faith.