76ers aim to keep Noel involved

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.

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