Brett Brown: Nerlens Noel 'is simply not ready'

Brett Brown: Nerlens Noel 'is simply not ready'
April 4, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Nerlens Noel is nearly 13 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL. (USA Today Images)

BOSTON -- Nerlens Noel will not play tonight when the Sixers play against the Celtics at TD Garden. Noel had tweeted "4-4-14" one day last month. There was never an explanation, but Boston is his hometown and he has yet to play a game this season, which invited the question of whether Noel would suit up for the Sixers tonight.

“No, he is not,” Brett Brown said after an unusually lengthy shootaround. “Nerlens I have learned is beyond competitive. His athleticism is quite incredible. His future and his hair are quite incredible. But his competitive spirit is beyond attractive to me.”

In other words, the Sixers' rookie center wants to be playing for his team but it just can’t be, not yet.

“To go through this duration that we have all gone through and be anything less than responsible and smart would be shameful,” Brown stressed. “Nerlens is simply not ready. That is the lay of the land right now.”

The Sixers have seven games remaining in their 82-game season.

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