Nerlens Noel out tonight. Same starting line-up as Houston game.
Nerlens Noel (wrist soreness) & Robert Covington (right knee sprain) are out tonight as Philly hosts the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors.
CSN Philly "Much has been discussed about Nerlens Noel’s shift from center to power forward. Can he be a threat farther away from the basket? Can he guard perimeter players? Will the Sixers be able to operate with big men Jahlil Okafor and Noel in the paint? How about when the Sixers add Joel Embiid — can..." October 23
Real GM Basketball "Brett Brown had Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel practice against each other throughout training camp and the preseason, but he had them play together ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers' final preseason game. "It's coming along really good," Noel said. "I think we're meshing better and better. We..." October 22
Philly.com "As evidenced by his blockbuster acquisition by the 76ers during the 2013 NBA draft, Nerlens Noel came into the league with amazing defensive skills, unparalleled athleticism, and immediate hype. But in the subsequent two years, critics have voiced concerns about his ability as a power forward..." August 26
CBS Sports "With rookie big man Jahlil Okafor getting tons of touches on the block, it will be even more important for Noel to extend his range. Noel made 61.3 percent of his field goal attempts in the restricted area last year, and 30 percent outside it. Okafor doesn't have a ton of range on his jumper yet,..." August 25
Philly.com "It was an obvious question, one that most 76ers fans would like to hear answered: How does Joel Embiid's being sidelined change Jahlil Okafor's role heading into the season? "It doesn't," Okafor said. "My role is to dominate. I'm one of the centerpieces of this team. So my role is the..." July 13
According to a league source, Celtics included Kelly Olynyk in their offer with Marcus Smart, No. 16 to Sixers for Nerlens Noel and No. 3.
NESN "If a new report is to believed, the Boston Celtics considered trading point guard Marcus Smart less than one year after drafting him sixth overall. In an attempt to move up in this Thursday’s NBA draft, the Celtics offered a package of Smart and the Nos. 16 and 28 picks to the Philadelphia..." June 24
CSN Philly "Last week, Joel Embiid accompanied Sixers management to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, and Tuesday night Nerlens Noel represented the Sixers at the draft lottery. These are actions of an organization that appears to consider both players key to its future success. Then again, Michael..." May 22
Real GM Basketball "Nerlens Noel is unlikely to play in the Summer League this offseason, which means he won't have an opportunity to play with Joel Embiid until the preseason. "I don't think I want to play him in the summer league," Brett Brown said of Noel. "I don't feel like the need to do that. I think that..." April 09
CSN Philly "The Sixers have lost six consecutive games including last Wednesday's defeat in Washington, 106-93, to the Wizards. The two teams meet tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in the fourth and final meeting of the year. The Wizards have won two of the previous three contests. The Wizards are fifth in..." April 09
CSN Philly "Nerlens Noel used the words "true point guard" to describe the play of Ish Smith after Monday's loss to the Lakers. For those who thought the rookie center was taking a shot at former teammate Michael Carter-Williams, Noel said that was not the case. "I would never do that," Noel said after..." April 02
CSN Philly "With improvement comes added responsibility. For Rookie of the Year candidate Nerlens Noel, that can mean brand new experiences, too. As the season has progressed, Sixers coach Brett Brown has been adding new looks and different variables for Noel to take on. On Sunday night, Brown had Noel..." April 01
CSN Philly "It’s close and getting closer, but the season is funneling toward its conclusion. Nerlens Noel is running out of time. Things were a little shaky for Noel to start the year, especially offensively. He played well defensively and protected the rim and looked good enough overall. Good enough...." March 27
Philly.com "Nerlens Noel is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse due to a sore left quad and right calf. The 76ers are leaning toward starting Henry Sims at center if Noel is unable to go. The 6-foot-11, 221-pounder rookie said the soreness is result of his..." March 01
.@NerlensNoel3 is sick.
CSN Philly "There are no definitive answers with the Sixers. Not yet. There are only questions with answers that have been deferred over time. Ask about the team’s progress and Brett Brown is almost certain to respond with something concerning “culture” and “ticking boxes” and “the process.” "I think..." January 07
Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk about the 76ers tanking to get high draft picks, they have just three of the 120 top-10 picks still in the NBA: Joel Embiid (No. 3 in 2014) Jason Richardson (No. 5 in 2001) Nerlens Noel (No. 6 in 2013) Richardson hasn’t played in years, and he’s clearly not in the 76ers’..." January 02
CSN Philly "Nerlens Noel had played center his whole life until this season when Brett Brown decided he wanted to experiment with him at the power forward position. The experiment was necessary. When the Sixers drafted Joel Embiid, they found themselves with two talented young centers. Embiid and..." November 05
Sam Hinkie said that Nerlens Noel has had a 'pretty good summer.' Said ability to shot-block, drive left, quick hands all stood out.
TMZ "The test results are in, and according to a DNA lab ... Nerlens Noel ... YOU ARE THE FATHER OF A BEAUTIFUL 14-MONTH-OLD BABY BOY!!!! We broke the story ... the 20-year-old Philadelphia 76er initially acknowledged he fathered the kid in a legal doc -- but then backtracked and demanded DNA proof..." August 14
Pro Basketball Talk "The box score says Nerlens Noel had four blocks Monday night against the Cavaliers. That doesn’t do his game justice. His length and leaping ability make him an intimidating force in the paint. The guys on the Sixers bench were counting the number of shots Noel altered and said it got into..." July 15
TMZ "76ers star Nerlens Noel has declared war on the woman who claims she's the mother of his child ... this, after she accused the NBA star of being a deadbeat dad ... TMZ Sports has learned. It's a nasty fight between Nerlens and a woman named Jamie -- who claims the 20-year-old signed an..." June 18
CSN Philly "After sitting out the entire season to rehab, Nerlens Noel is beyond excited to play for the Sixers when summer league action begins. Noel will join other rookies, second-year players and free agents when the Sixers field a team for the Orlando Pro Summer League, which runs from July 5-11. The..." June 04
#76ers C Nerlens Noel tells the Globe he'll play in Orlando Summer League. Noel, who missed last season w torn ACL, said he's 100 percent
CSN Philly "It was the same before almost every game. Nerlens Noel would be at the free throw line. Brett Brown would be somewhere in the same vicinity – usually a step or two behind the player. It was part of the process. Noel would stand on his left foot and lift his right leg. He’d hold the ball with..." April 24
CBS Sports "As soon as Nerlens Noel received the news he had torn his ACL in his one-and-done year at Kentucky, we started wondering if he'd be able to play during his first year after being drafted. While the injury may have affected his draft stock a bit, he was still selected by the New Orleans Pelicans..." April 08
CSN Philly "The date Nerlens Noel tweeted that was speculated as being his Sixers debut is only three days away. Noel had fans excited when he initially sent that message out on social media, but now it’s the big man’s coaches that are getting riled up about his progression. “The first thing that I have..." April 02
#Sixers coach Brett Brown thinks practicing 5-on-5 by the end of the season is a realistic goal for Nerlens Noel.
CSN Philly "My immediate reaction was “do tell,” but without a response on Twitter, we have no idea what Noel meant when he tweeted just that date: April 4, 2014. A Sixers spokesman would not specifically address Noel's tweet, but did say "Noel continues to make progress. He has medical criteria he must..." March 10
Courier-Post "Aside from making the playoffs, which would cost a high first-round draft pick and unquestionably rank among the most egregious failures in the history of the franchise, the 76ers’ greatest concern over the second half of the season remains ensuring the health of Nerlens Noel. Little else..." January 23
CSN Philly "Before Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Wells Fargo Center, Sixers head coach Brett Brown refuted a report that a timeline has been established for Nerlens Noel to return. The 19-year-old rookie is recovering from an ACL injury and has yet to play this season. During..." January 16
ESPN "Philadelphia 76ers rookie center Nerlens Noel has been given the go-ahead by Dr. James Andrews to resume basketball-related activities and could be ready to take the court shortly after the All-Star break, sources told ESPN.com. Noel, who suffered a torn ACL last February while playing for..." January 15
CSN Philly "Michael Carter-Williams has dominated NBA rookie conversations this season, but a different Sixers' rookie had head coach Brett Brown talking with great anticipation during Tuesday's practice session on Tuesday afternoon. “He just has such a quick, explosive first step,” Brown said of Nerlens..." January 15
CSN Philly "After doing his pregame ritual of shooting drills with Brett Brown followed by a game of one-handed horse, Nerlens Noel headed back to the Sixers' locker room at the Pepsi Center. I passed him in the hallway and asked, "How did the horse game work out for you today?" “Is that a real..." January 02
Nerlens Noel said on Sirius radio it's possible he plays this year. Bigger question: how come he talks to them and not Sixers beat reporters
Real GM Basketball "Spencer Hawes has gotten off to a strong start for the Philadlephia 76ers, and Brett Brown sees the veteran center as an interesting core piece alongside Nerlens Noel in the frontcourt. “Could those two play next to each other?” Brown said. “Yes they could.” Brown likes the idea of Hawes at..." November 22
Delaware County Times "Some might view what Nerlens Noel is about to endure as lost time. Brett Brown, however, sees things differently. The 76ers coach said he and his staff are dedicated to improving Noel’s shot — perhaps even rebuilding it entirely — as the rookie center continues to rehab a surgically repaired..." November 06
Sporting News "Nerlens Noel was expected to miss extended time in his rookie season but it now appears as if he could sit out the entire year. Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said that Noel's knee recovery has been slow and hinted toward the possibility of the center sitting out the remainder of the year..." October 22
Hoops Rumors "The 76ers have officially signed rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams according to the team's director of public relations Michael Preston (Twitter link). The Sixers also formally confirmed the signing of Nerlens Noel which we heard about last week. Noel and Carter-Williams had long been..." September 25
Sixers coach Brett Brown told me on The @ChrisMannixShow that there was no timetable for Nerlens Noel's return.
Philly.com "Nerlens Noel is a 76er with something to prove. The 6-foot-11 center is determined to show the top five teams in June's NBA draft - the Cavaliers Magic Wizards Bobcats and Suns - they made a mistake by not selecting him. "It drives me to be the great player I want to be" said Noel who was..." July 25
Delaware Online "First-year 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie said he’s being methodical in his search for a new head coach unconcerned that a dozen other NBA teams already have filled their coaching vacancies. Some may have other words to describe the protracted processes that have defined the beginning of his..." July 24
USA Today "First-year 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie said he's being methodical in his search for a new head coach, unconcerned that a dozen other NBA teams have already filled their coaching vacancies. Some may have other words to describe the protracted processes that have defined the beginning of his..." July 24
#Sixers Noel on rehab: 'I just started doing layups. I've been running up and down the floor. It's been a long 5 months. I won't stop.'
New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps pulled off perhaps the biggest deal of his three-year tenure. He just couldn't talk about it. Demps drafted Kentucky center Nerlens Noel sixth overall and promptly shipped him and a first-round pick in 2014 to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star..." June 28