“It’s happening again!”
That was the initial reaction of many 76ers fans, as news broke that the team was trading All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a package that would bring back much-heralded draft pick Nerlens Noel from the University of Kentucky.
Why the concerns? Well, Noel is currently recovering from an ACL tear that is expected to keep him out until December. After the previous year’s drama with Andrew Bynum, how could the Sixers deal their potential franchise player for another injured big man?
For one, the two situations couldn’t be any more different. “What Noel has is a straight-forward ACL tear,” says Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC, coordinator of sports medicine at Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute. They take 9-12 months to heal, and then he should be back on the court. The rest will depend on his talent and maturity.”