BOSTON – 76ers rookie Nerlens
Noel will not dress for Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics, Sixers coach Brett Brown said after morning shootaround.
Despite an ominous tweet from
Noel last month of this date, “4-4-14,” and the subsequent speculation that the
Boston-area native would prefer to debut at TD Garden, the 6-11, 230-pound
center won’t be in uniform.
Brown noted once more the
competitive nature of Noel, a player who is likely champing at the bit to see
game time for the first time in 14 months. He has not played competitively
since tearing the ACL in his left knee during his freshman season at Kentucky.
“Nerlens, as I’ve learned, is
just beyond competitive. It’s the single thing I’ve fallen in love with the
most,” Brown said. “His athleticism is quite incredible. His future, and his
hair, are quite incredible. But his competitive spirit is beyond attractive to
“He’s trying. He wants to
play. There are so many layers he has to get through to where we can put him in
a position where we feel responsible that he can perform and not be at risk. To
go through this duration that we’ve all gone through and be anything less than
responsible and smart would just be shameful. Nerlens is simply not ready. And
that’s the lay of the land right now.”
The Sixers have only seven games remaining, including Friday's against the Celtics.
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