Sixers Noel Cleared to Resume Basketball Activities
The Sixers could be getting some help in their front court.
Rookie center Nerlens Noel has been cleared to resume all basketball activities, according to ESPN.
Noel could be ready to suit up for the team shortly after the All-Star break in February.
World renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews cleared Noel in Florida last week while visiting with Noel.
Sixers coach Brett Brown said "I really don't know," in response to a question of whether we'll see Nerlens Noel this season. "We have to make sure we do the right thing by him."
Noel tore his ACL last year while with Kentucky and some thought that the sixth overall pick would sit out the entire season.
"As it plays out, if it's possible, we'll get him on the court," Brown said.
Sources told ESPN.com that barring a setback, Noel could return to the court within the next four to six weeks.
"If he can play, selfishly, you'd like him to play" this season, Brown stated.
New Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters months back that Noel's recovery has been "slow" and he doubted that Noel would play this year. He later backtracked on those comments, however.
It's been seen as somewhat of a red shirt season for Noel who left Kentucky after just one season appearing in 24 games averaging 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
Whether the Sixers will decide to go ahead and play Noel remains to be figured out, but you can bet Sam Hinkie will have his plate full in February with the trade deadline in the same month.