In somewhat surprising news, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said on Monday that it is likely that rookie Nerlens Noel will miss the entire 2013-14 NBA season.
Sixers coach Brett Brown says rookie Nerlens Noel's return from knee injury is "slow," indicates Noel likely to miss entire season.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) October 21, 2013
Noel wasn’t originally expected to play this season until at least December, but about a month ago he said that his rehab was going well. Really well.
Noel told NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan: “I feel great. I’m really starting to feel like my old self, being able to have my explosiveness. But I’m definitely being careful with it. From Day 1, every time I was in rehab, the last few reps, I would just think how bad I want to get on the court because of how much I want to prove to myself that I can get back and be the player I want to be.”
“I want to be 100 percent confident not only physically, but mentally coming back from it,” Noel said.
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With this news now, it could mean that the Sixers are planning on playing it safe. There’s really no use in throwing Noel out there, rushing his return, on a team that is destined for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. It would make no sense at all.
This is probably the best thing going forward for Noel and the Sixers.