PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is a lot of attention being paid to the 76ers squad in the Orlando Pro Summer League. One big reason why is that it is everyone’s first chance to watch Nerlens Noel in a game wearing a Sixers uniform.
So far the 6’11” center out of Kentucky has impressed. The 2013 first-round draft pick, who missed all of last season recovering from a knee injury, has averaged 13.5 points and four rebounds in two games down in Florida.
“It’s a lot of fun, just to be out here with these guys,” Noel tells KYW Newsradio. “Just playing hard and just getting the feel back for the game. It’s been a great week so far.”
This summer league action is the first game action for Noel since he suffered a torn ACL in February of 2013 while at Kentucky.
“Everything feels good, everything feels great,” Noel says. “I’m just getting up and down, getting my stamina back, getting the conditioning right and I know it comes with time.”
Noel says it was tough being a spectator all of last season.
“It was very frustrating at times,” Noel says. “Just being used to playing so much and having to take a seat last season. But I learned a lot.”
And he is aware that him just being on the court has created a buzz.
“I definitely feel it,” Noel says. “I just can’t wait to play a game at Wells Fargo (Center), that’s what I’m really looking forward to.”
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with the Sixers man in the middle, Nerlens Noel: