Sixers taking rehab to rebuild shot of Nerlens Noel

Nerlens Noel - photo by Tammie Brown |
Nerlens Noel – photo by Tammie Brown |

With all the talk about Michael Carter-Williams, the Sixers must be absolutely thrilled that Nerlens Noel has thus far been a non-story. As he recovers from his ACL that could maybe keep him out the whole season (though I doubt it will), the Sixers are hell-bent on avoiding any timetables and managing expectations. But in the meantime, Nerlens has been rehabbing like a stud and the Sixers are taking the opportunity to totally rework his shot.

I think we have the perfect environment to do it because we have a whole year,” Brown said. “We have taken him back to doing a lot of one-handed shooting. I can sense that he is shooting with two hands behind my back. But when he does that, the off hand comes in and elbows start flying, but when he does just one hand, he gets his elbow under it and it is a good looking shot. The first place you start is the free throw line because now he is going to turn and face. He really likes Kevin Garnett, a turn-and-face, jump-shooting big, and he aspires to be one of them even though he is a post player initially. I think the free throw is what carries over to the other parts of the game. And I hope we can get that right.

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