Nerlens Noel's involvement with Sixers increasing
The Sixers have been working with rookie Nerlens Noel on his shot. "He is a total rebuild," head coach Brett Brown said last week. (AP)
NEW YORK — Could Nerlens Noel make his debut for the Sixers this season?
According to the rookie center, it's possible.
Recovering from an ACL injury suffered last February at the University of Kentucky, Noel, 19, has not spoken to the Philadelphia media since the Oct. 1 media day. However, he told the NBA channel on Sirius/XM Radio that no decision has been made about whether he will or will not play this season.
Asked whether he could make his NBA debut, Noel said, "There is a possibility."
“We’re just taking our time with it, being cautious with things," he said. "I’m definitely worried about my health, but in regards to the whole season, you know, that decision hasn’t been made up. I still have to meet up with my doctors, Dr. (James) Andrews, Dr. Kevin Wilk, and come to a conclusion with that.”
Noel, drafted with the No. 6 overall pick last June, has traveled with the Sixers throughout the season. He also has been working out with coach Brett Brown and assistant coach Greg Foster on rebuilding his shooting mechanics. Brown said the goal this year is to rebuild Noel’s shot.
In late October, Brown said he didn't expect Noel to play this season.