Brown hasn't spoken to Noel about cryptic tweet

Brown hasn't spoken to Noel about cryptic tweet
March 10, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Nerlens Noel has not played five-on-five since having surgery to repair a torn ACL last March. (USA Today Images)

NEW YORK -- There was no real fallout from Nerlens Noel tweeting "4-4-14" on Sunday.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown said he did not ask Noel what he meant when posting that date. Coincidentally, the Sixers play in Boston that day against the Celtics. Noel grew up in Massachusetts.

“I really don’t know that much about the tweet we are talking about,” Brown said. “And I am not sure anyone has really defined the meaning of it. Forget the tweet; in general, he is all-in with regards to practices and the weights. He has come with boundless energy.

“I really don’t want to go on record too much about the tweet because I just don’t know enough about it. I haven’t spoken to him about it.”

It was a harmless tweet that generated a lot of conversation about whether or not Noel was targeting that date as his NBA debut. Including that night, the Sixers would have seven games remaining from April 4-16, the final day of the regular season.

Noel has increased his activity with the team of late, but he still does not play five-on-five.

Any decision about his playing in a game would be made in conjunction with the medical staff, the front office, the coaching staff and Noel himself.

If the rookie center wanted to just keep people on their toes, he accomplished that goal by going to Twitter with his cryptic message.

“It is just a different world than what I grew up in,” Brown said. “But it is the real world for young people, let alone athletes with Instagram and Twitter and Facebook. But it is the way of the world and that’s how it all works.”