Brett Brown seems very happy with Nerlens Noel's progress

Brett Brown seems very happy with Nerlens Noel's progress

When you don't see a guy on the court when you tune in for the Sixers every couple of nights, it's easy to forget that they have one of the top prizes of the 2013 NBA Draft in Nerlens Noel. While Noel may not be seeing game action, he's certainly hard at work and coach Brett Brown recently spoke very highly of him.

Noel has been attempting to rebuild his shot while allowing his knee time to fully recover. CSNPhilly.com's Dei Lynam caught up with Brown who was almost gushing. Check out some of these quotes.

“I am thrilled [with] what he has done with his shot,” Brown said on Wednesday.

“He is a total rebuild,” Brown said, just like he has in the past. “No finger there, toe there -- it is a total makeover. Now it is December, and we said your guide hand will not touch the ball until after Christmas because it screws up your shot.”

“I am thrilled with where he is at,” Brown said. “There is far more fluid to his shot and I think the carryover from this year will be significant if we can get it right for his future.”

Oh and the two play horse on a regular basis but only shoot with one hand.

It all kind of makes you want to press the "simulate season" button on the 2013-14 season, but then we wouldn't have all that fun watching Tony Wroten dish the rock.

Go read the whole thing on Nerlens. It'll give you a little bit more hope for the future.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.