=== Sixers lift some restrictions on injured Noel ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia 76ers say they have
lifted some restrictions on injured No. 6 draft pick Nerlens Noel, who can now
participate in limited on-court work.
Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said in a statement Wednesday night that
Noel must still meet several benchmarks as he continues to rehab from a torn
ACL he suffered playing for Kentucky, but the team has been impressed by the
center's "capacity for work both in his rehab and in our weight room."
"Our sports performance and training staff have been extremely complimentary
of his efforts thus far during this methodical rehab process," Hinkie said.
He said some restrictions were lifted after "careful consideration and
numerous discussions with our medical and performance teams, the consulting
physician and rehabilitation staff, and Nerlens' representatives."
Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game in
his only season at Kentucky and was a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick
before suffering his knee injury.
He was drafted by New Orleans and traded to the Sixers for All-Star point
guard Jrue Holiday in a deal agreed to on the night of the draft.
01/15 21:08:14 ET