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Reports: Sixers Haven’t Set A Date For Nerlens Noel Debut


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Earlier this afternoon, Section 215′s own Somers Price was the first to publicly speculate on whether this tweet from Sixers rookie Nerlens Noel, was a definitive date on when he would be making his NBA debut.

While Price pointed out that it would be a classy move by the organization to let Noel to get his feet wet in the NBA against his hometown Celtics, it appears that Noel’s tweet was nothing more of a public lobby to play that night, rather than official confirmation that he would be making his debut that night.

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that sources have confirmed to him that the tweet wasn’t sent out by Noel as a sign that he and the Sixers have agreed to a debut date.

Nerlens Noel would like to make his 76ers debut in his hometown of Boston on April 4, according to sources.  They confirmed that’s why the rookie center tweeted “4-4-14”  in reference to April 4, 2014 on Sunday afternoon.

A Sixers spokesman told CSN Philly’s Dei Lynam that Noel hasn’t even been medically cleared to play in an NBA game.

“Noel continues to make progress. He has medical criteria he must pass and when he does that, we will tell you.”

Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News got perhaps the most interesting quotes from the Sixers.

POSSIBLE. That is the key word, that later led Cooney (twitter link) to say that he doesn’t see Noel playing in 2014. Based off of how well tanking is going right now (16 losses in a row and plummeting towards being the draft lottery favorites), I think it is hard to see a world where the Sixers risk Noel’s health or the Sixers awful play, both of which could ultimately turn the franchise around, just for Noel to play a few meaningless games at the end of the season.

Friday night, Section 215′s Aaron Mazer laid out the pros and cons of a potential Noel debut/return in 2014, coming to the conclusion that there was no reason that Noel couldn’t wait until next season to make his debut. At the time of that article being published I agreed with Aaron, and Noel’s tweet hasn’t changed that.

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