Since undergoing the knife to repair the damage on March 12, Noel had been tentatively slated to resurface at some point in the winter.
“I doubt, everybody doubts that he’s going to play this year,” said Brown, 52, who was hired by Philadelphia in August. “We don’t want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it’s an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.”
The 6-foot-11, 206 pound Noel has been running and taking layups for nearly four months.
Only a year removed from the terrible acquisition of bat cave Andrew Bynum, indefinitely shelving the former Wildcat will infuriate many Philadelphians.
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, Noel needs to gain bulk and refine his overall interior game.
Accordingly, expect Nerlens Noel to become a better ballplayer away from the hardwood by “(starting) a little bit from ground zero.”by