On Sunday, Sixers rookie Nerlens Noel cryptically tweeted out "4-4-14" which just so happens to be the night the Sixers play the Boston Celtics in Noel's hometown of Boston.
Then reports surfaced the reason for Noel's tweet was his desire to make his NBA debut in his hometown before the end of the 2013-14 season. It is Noel's desire to play that day but he had not disclosed that to the team prior to the tweet.
And now we get a little more insight on the situation.
The Philadelphia Daily News' Bob Cooney doesn't think it is at cut-and-dry as Noel wanting to play and feeling good at practice. He's pretty straight forward when he said,
"To simplify, the team will not bring Noel back unless it is 100 percent positive he is in complete game shape and his left knee is totally sound. The Sixers also might not want to bring him back if his game is rusty, for fear of him and fans losing confidence. The bet here, as much as Noel might want to play, is that he won't this season."
Head coach Brett Brown and the rest of the 76ers organization have been cautiously optimistic about Noel's recovery from his serious knee injury but they have been rather consistent this season saying they did not believe he would play in 2013-14. I am in the camp that firmly agrees that, at this point, there is nothing to gain by rushing Noel onto the court at the end of the season and he should wait until October to showcase what he brings to the table.
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