"I doubt, everybody doubts that he's going to play this year," Brown said before the Sixers played the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. "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."
It was not originally the Sixers' plan to sit Noel, the No. 7 overall pick who had surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee last March, for the entire season. He first suffered the injury last Feb. 12 while playing for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Who knows, maybe he'll be healthy halfway through and still practice with the team, pull a Blake Griffin and come into his first year as really his 'second' year. May be the best thing for him.
But wow that's a blow to Philly, giving up Jrue for him.