Stop me when this sounds familiar; a Philadelphia 76ers’ big man returning from a significant injury is unsure of when he’ll be available to play for the team this season. No, Andrew Bynum isn’t back, but it looks like 76ers’ fans might have to once again be patient with a young center, as general manager Sam Hinkie told reporters that he’s unsure when Nerlens Noel will be able to join the team this season, if at all, according to Jason Wolf of USA Today.
"Nothing else matters as much as that matters," Hinkie said. "So as this plays out, we will give him all the resources necessary and all the best medical people we can put in front of him, both here and in Birmingham, [Ala.], where he's been doing his rehab, to try to get him back on the floor, to be the best player he can be for himself and for the Sixers."
Wolf notes that Noel is expected to be out at least through Christmas. Beyond that, it’s not clear when Noel will return or if he’ll play at all in his first season with the 76ers.
Noel is about 4 ½ months into rehabbing his knee. He and the 76ers are working on a strategy for his continued recovery. The big man was the consensus No. 1 overall pick last year before suffering his knee injury, which caused him to drop in the recent NBA Draft.