Nerlens Noel can speak. We were reminded of this amazing fact yesterday when the great big hope of the Sixers spoke to the media yesterday for the first time in ages.
While his coach Brett Brown wasn't sure what the ambiguous 4-4-14 tweet was a couple of weeks back and some of us speculated on Noel being really excited for the release of Captain America: Winter Soldier on that day, Nerlens revealed that it was in fact a reference to his goal of being cleared to return to the court by that date.
"Most definitely a goal of mine to come back and get cleared by the Sixers by then," Noel said. "I was not, so that's that."
"Obviously I do want to play. The 19-year-old in me that has been sitting on the sideline really wants to get out there and show my abilities."
Want to hear something to get you a little bit excited?
"I'm 100%. I've increased my vertical leap by over three inches since before I got hurt. My body feels great, I'm a lot stronger now."
Can't wait to watch that guy in 2015.