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76ers aim to keep Noel involved

By now, we all know the 76ers are in no rush to get Nerlens Noel on the court. But they do have a plan for the rookie center.

76ers aim to keep Noel involved

76ers rookie Nerlens Noel. (Matt Rourke/AP file photo)
76ers rookie Nerlens Noel. (Matt Rourke/AP file photo)

By now, we all know the 76ers are in no rush to get Nerlens Noel on the court. But they do have a plan for the rookie center.

The franchise decided that it’s important to keep the 19-year-old involved with team activities while he rehabilitates his left knee.

“I look forward to him traveling with the team,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, “and being a part of the team and being in the team meetings and video sessions and seeing a grumpy coach and a sad player and vice versa.”

The 6-foot-11, 221-pounder won’t play until December – if at all this season – because of the anterior cruciate ligament tear he suffered during his lone season at Kentucky.

He averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 4.4 blocked shots while shooting 59 percent from the field in 24 games. He had a school-record 12 blocks against Mississippi.

Follow Inquirer Sixers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers.



About this blog

Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

Keith Pompey Inquirer Staff Writer
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