Early yesterday, 76ers rookie Nerlens Noel—who hasn't suited up for a single game this season due to an ACL injury that he suffered towards the end of the college basketball season last year—sent out a cryptic tweet that seemed to indicate that he will make his debut with the Sixers early next month:
4-4-14— Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) March 9, 2014
And according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, who spoke with several sources close to Noel, that's exactly what he wants to do. Even though the 76ers are in real danger of losing every game between now and the end of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Kentucky product wants to get out on the court and play a few games during his rookie season. However, those same sources were quick to point out that that's what Noel wants to do, not what's actually going to happen. And Noel's head coach Brett Brown seconded that a short time ago when he admitted (or at least pretended) that he hadn't seen Noel's tweet and said that he didn't know anything about the idea of him playing this season:
Brown on .@NerlensNoel3 "I don't know that much about the tweet we are talking about."— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) March 10, 2014
This could mean that Noel is going to play a few games this season and that the Sixers are keeping it quiet right now. Or it could mean that Noel wanted to remind the world that he's still on the Sixers roster (raise your hand if you forgot all about him). Either way, it's positive news for Sixers fans, because it sounds like Noel is almost ready to resume playing basketball full-time again.
[via Deep Sixer]