Still recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, writer Jason Wolf says Philadelphia 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel is expected to be sidelined “until around Christmas at the earliest.”
Taken sixth overall in June’s draft out of Kentucky, the 19-year-old Noel underwent the knife to repair the damage on March 12.
Although running and taking layups, new 76ers (34-48) general manager Sam Hinkie will use caution with Noel and the 6-foot-11, 206 pound center “could miss the entire season.”
Trying to repress last summer’s terrible acquisition of bat cave Andrew Bynum, shelving the former Wildcat would infuriate many Philadelphians.
However, considering the plights of past busts Sam Bowie and Greg Oden, the 76ers 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 2013-2014 campaign, there is no reason for the Philadelphia 76ers to play Nerlens Noel “until around Christmas at the earliest.”