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               === Sixers' Noel unlikely to play this season ===
 
 Philadelphia,  PA (SportsNetwork.com)  - The Philadelphia 76ers may be without
 rookie center Nerlens Noel for the entire 2013-14 season.
 
 Head  coach Brett  Brown indicated on Monday  that Noel, who tore his ACL last
 February  while  playing for the  Kentucky Wildcats, may  not be ready to play
 this  season. Early reports  were that Noel could return to the court as early
 as Christmas.
 
 Noel  was the  sixth  overall pick  in  the NBA  Draft  last June.  Originally
 selected  by the New Orleans Pelicans, he was sent to Philadelphia on a draft-
 night  deal along  with a 2014 first  round pick for All-Star point guard Jrue
 Holiday.
 
 Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game in
 his  only season  in Lexington  and  was considered  a candidate  for the  top
 overall pick before suffering his knee injury.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 10/21 18:06:08 ET