Nerlens Noel could be ready to take the court after the All-Star break. Could.
After tearing his ACL in February (while providing free labor for the University Kentucky), the 6-foot-11 rookie center has been cleared by Doc. James Andrews to resume basketball activities and could see game action in four to six weeks, according to sources from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. As for what kind of game action (I vote D-League), and how long after the All-Star break, that’s unclear. There could be setbacks, he could land with the 87ers, or the Sixers could be extra-cautious. Hell, they could even trade him. The possibilities are endless.
We’ll have to wait and see how the Sixers handle this before drawing any conclusions. But if you’re into things like healthy basketball players and potentially elite defensive centers, this can only be seen as fantastic news. Now, go ahead and watch Noel block a bunch of basketballs.