Is Nerlens Noel Ready to Play this Season?
Sixers rookie Nerlens Noel tweeted "4-4-14" on his Twitter account on Sunday - could that be a sign that Noel is about ready to step on the court soon?
Unnamed sources confirmed to Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquire that Noel's tweet of was indeed a reference to a potential return date, but apparently "this is just a wish that [Noel] had not disclosed to the Sixers as of Sunday afternoon."
There is no official return date set by the team at this time. In fact Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil joined me on the Sports Bash two weeks ago and said - "We aren't going to willing to risk 10-12 minutes for 10-12 years, this is us investing in this kid."
It was reported Friday that Noel has started going through 1-on-1 workouts in his rehab, but keep in Noel is barely more than a year removed from his ACL tear, so a return during this lost season still seems unlikely.
The question is Sixers fans, do you think the Sixers should play Noel at all this season? Is it worth finding out a little but about the sixth overall pick in the draft?
My answer would be yes.
I think the Sixers owe it to their fans to give them a small glimpse of the future, they also owe it to themselves to find out what they might have, so they know how to move forward this off-season.
What if Noel gets on the floor and looks completely lost - do you enter the 2014-2015 season with him as a main center-piece to the rebuild? Sure playing 10 meaningless games might not show you what he can do fully, but it might give you a better indication of that kind of instincts he has and what kind of defensive presence he can be around the rim.