Noel introduced by Sixers, may not play until 2014
Summary of 5 articles · Updated Jul 24, 2013
Nerlens Noel was finally introduced to the media on Tuesday afternoon. Noel was acquired by the 76ers in a draft night trade last month with the New Orleans Pelicans. General manager Sam Hinkie said repeatedly that he wouldn't rush Noel's recovery. After the Andrew Bynum experiment failed miserably he never played one second in a Sixers uniform last season because of bilateral bruises on both knees after a grand welcoming to the city following a trade the Sixers weren't fazed from trading for another promising young player with a major knee injury. Remember those 24-win Sixers from 1995, with Dana Barros and Clarence Weatherspoon? How about the next season, with 18 wins out of Stackhouse, 'Spoon and Vernon Maxwell? He played only 24 games for the University of Kentucky but was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocked shots and 2.1 steals in 32 minutes per game.