As the new Fresh Prince of Philadelphia, 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel must ‘be 100 percent confident’

Even Philip Banks wants Nerlens Noel to be “like [his] old self.”

Despite “really starting to feel like [his] old self,” it remains unknown when Philadelphia 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel will return to the hardwood.

Taken sixth overall in June’s draft out of Kentucky, the 6-foot-11, 206 pound Noel suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last February.

Since undergoing the knife to repair the damage on March 12, Noel has been tentatively slated to resurface at some point around Christmas.

“I want to be 100 percent confident not only physically, but mentally coming back from it,” said Noel, 19, who has been running and taking layups for nearly two months.

Although unlikely, 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie hasn’t dismissed sitting Noel for the entire 2013-2014 campaign.

Only a year removed from the terrible acquisition of bat cave Andrew Bynum, indefinitely shelving the former Wildcat would infuriate many Philadelphians.

However, recalling the plights of past busts Sam Bowie and Greg Oden, 76ers fans need to show “Brotherly Love” and let Noel mend.

Quick, fast, athletic and an amazing leaper and finisher around the rim, Noel has the potential to mature into one of the league’s premier big men within a few years.

Destined for a miserable season with or without The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s brother, Nerlens Noel should “be 100 percent confident” before even being considered by Philly’s suits.

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