When he tore an anterior cruciate ligament at Florida, Nerlens Noel became a member of a club that no one wants to join. That there is a fraternity of BBFs who share the experience of torn ACLs led former Kentucky star Derek Anderson to offer Noel support.
“Because, trust me, when I hurt my knee, that was the most miserable time of my life,” Anderson said. “Man, it was like, ‘I’m alone. The players are gone. They’re practicing. They’re playing.’
“It was just the emotional and mental aspect I couldn’t grasp for a while.”
Anderson advised Noel to rejoin his teammates in as many activities as possible as quickly as possible.