The Sixers’ Nerlens Noel was thought to be done for the season, as Philly was reportedly one of the teams “tanking” in order to get a high draft pick in June. As you know, he tore his ACL last year at Kentucky and hasn’t played at all yet.
But that may be changing soon. Noel has been cleared for full contact practice, according to Philly.com via ESPN. So does that mean we’ll see him after the All-Star break, or is the team just making sure he doesn’t completely turn into rust?
At this point, there’s no point in having him play this season.
Eleven months after his original ACL injury, Sixers rookie center Nerlens Noel has been cleared by doctors to resume basketball activities, and he may be ready to get out on the court shortly after the all-star break, according to a report from ESPN.
Noel visited Dr. James Andrews in Florida last week and was given the go-ahead.
“He is doing excellent and the team is taking good care of him,” Andrews told ESPN.com, while providing few other details, except that Noel may be ready for in-game action in 4-6 weeks, barring a setback.