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Oct 21 2013

Don’t worry about Nerlens Noel

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.

Today, coach Brett Brown told reporters that the Sixers rookie is likely out for the season.

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.

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.

  • Kevin Herman

    There is no such thing as rushing a guy back if you listen to the doctors. If the doctors clear Noel and he gets to a point where he is in shape to play baskebtall and he wants to play he should play. To me Brown’s comments were borderline irresponsible and serve to do nothing be further depress a fan base that is being asked to witness a lot of losing to begin with. Now we are being told we won’t have a chance to watch one of the cornerstones of our franchise develop at all on the court this year.

  • robbybonfire23

    They are right to take their time with Noel’s rehab process. And taking 10 years would be fine, given the one-dimensional, minor statistical-category game he brings to the mix. Just the latest in a long tradition of dunderhead player moves by this dis-organization.