After the news broke that Nerlens Noel could return after the All-Star break, everyone began freaking out. Either in a good way or bad way. Let’s make one thing straight. If Nerlens Noel is HEALTHY, then he should play. There is no reason to sit a perfectly healthy player that hasn’t played in a year. Noel is not going to help this team win right now, he was extremely raw offensively at Kentucky and that won’t change in 15-20 games this season.
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Now, Noel spoke with Bleacher Report about his recovery and his return this season, you can check out the full interview here.
Here are some quotes from the interview with Bleacher Report:
“I’m very excited,” Noel told Bleacher Report on Thursday, more than 11 months since he suffered the injury as a freshman at Kentucky. “I’m really excited to start playing and really show how much I care about his team, and how much I want to bring a lot of light to it and bring it back to that championship top.”
“I’ve definitely benefited from the work with one-hand ball shooting,” Noel said. “I’ve already seen a difference in my free throws, and my shot’s coming along as well.”
“Depending on what I do this year, if I play or not, I’ll definitely have a good idea of what I really need to work on,” he said, “Just sitting on the bench, it’s really helped me grind, just seeing how fast the game is. I know I won’t completely know until I start playing, but even when I’m watching, Coach Brown just tells me things to watch out for. They’ve definitely benefited me in a very good way, and I think when I do come back through the whole ACL process, I will be able to come back stronger mentally and physically.”
Make sure to check out the full interview, there’s a lot of good stuff in there. Happy recovery Nerlens!
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