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Noel was picked 6 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the 76ers organization. While Noel was at Kentucky, he tore his ACL and missed the entire Wildcat season. He had surgery to repair the injury in March.
Noel was set to join the 76ers around mid-season. An ACL tear is about a six to eight month recovery process for most athletes.
Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Noel said, " We're really happy with his progress," "He's several weeks ahead of schedule on his rehab. He's improving on a weekly basis. He has a completely stable knee."
Despite this, Noel will sit out to make sure he is 100 percent healthy for next season.
On the lost of Noel for the whole season, first year 76ers head coach Brett Brown said, "I doubt, everybody doubts that he's going to play this year."We don't want to waste this year. I think from a skill perspective, it's an opportunity for us to break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero."
With Noel out for the season, the 76ers are planning to go on and prepare for the season without him.
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