Sep 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel (4) speaks with reporters during media day at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Nerlens Noel Likely To Miss Entire Season


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.

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.

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