When the news was reported yesterday that Nerlens Noel would miss his first NBA season woth the Philadelphia 76ers, I was not surprised.
ACL injuries tend to take a year to get back to full health. For others, it may take longer. When some people questioned why Derrick Rose didn’t play at all last season for the Chicago Bulls, I didn’t because he would not have been at full health.
Rajon Rondo got injured a few weeks prior to Noel and I wouldn’t be surprised if he misses the entire season with the Boston Celtics this year, either. After all, the Celtics are going to tank for Andrew Wiggins or Julius Randle, right?
Sixers coach Brett Brown told the media on Monday night that the team would sit him for the full year.
“I doubt, everybody doubts that he’s going to play this year,” Brown said before the Sixers played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. “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.”
Brown also said that Noel “needs to be nurtured this year.”
While fans may be upset that he’s not playing, this should play well for the Sixers’ future. Noel’s presence would make a difference on the court but he’ll also be learning during the Sixers practice and from watching film. Not just that but depending on how Philly does overall, they could earn another lottery pick and could possibly see two big men playing together next season.