Apparently, Nerlens Noel has caught the Derrick Rose virus — you know, the one that forces you to put extra pressure on yourself as you continue to rehab an injury.
Noel, who is still recovery from a torn ACL, said that he would sit out his entire rookie season earlier this year, but in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio on Monday, he left the door open for a return. Sounds familiar?
“I mean, (sitting out all season) hasn’t been really said. We’re just definitely taking our time with it and being very cautious with things, definitely worrying about my health. But as it regards to the whole season, that decision hasn’t been made up. I still have to meet with my doctors, Dr. Andrews and Kevin Wilk, and come to a conclusion on that.”
But can you return this season? Is that even a possibility?
“It’s a possibility.”
Noel fell in the draft after suffering the knee injury during his freshman season at Kentucky. Originally, he was projected as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. At least, that’s what everyone pretty much expected. But Noel’s setback became the Sixers gain. Philly was able to snag both Michael Carter-Williams and Noel early in the draft. If Noel is anywhere near as impressive as Carter-Williams has looked so far this season, the Sixers have two really good pieces for the future. However, why should Noel push it and try to return this season? Makes no sense.
Key word in his interview was “possibility”. He could’ve used that word simply to appease Philly fans. You just don’t know.