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Nerlens Noel expects to play next game after spraining left ankle in debut

Nerlens Noel expects to play next game after spraining left ankle in debut

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — For the first time this season, Nerlens Noel appeared in a game. 

It didn’t take long before he was forced to exit. 

Making his much-anticipated season debut Sunday night, Noel scored eight points off the bench to help the Sixers take a 58-35 lead over the Pistons through the second quarter in Detroit.

But the former first-round pick suffered a left ankle sprain and would not return.

It’s unclear when Noel may have tweaked his ankle, but there was a scare with less than a minute remaining in first quarter when he took a hard foul and fell awkwardly.

“It’s a tough little break, but it’s a minor thing so I’ll probably be back by next game,” Noel said postgame.

Noel remained on the ground for nearly a minute before returning to his feet and sinking both free throws to help the Sixers take a 20-point lead into the second quarter. He limped to the Sixers bench, but returned to the floor in the second quarter where he played an additional seven minutes.

Noel, who missed the first 23 regular-season games after undergoing elective knee surgery in late October, came off the bench with no minute restriction, and immediately put his athleticism and strength on display.

“It felt good," Noel said of his first game back. "You know, this is what I’ve been preparing for all summer and through the rehab process, so you know, it felt great to get out there.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said prior to tip-off that Noel’s playing time would be dictated by several factors, namely fatigue. 

Zoo's Views: Jonah Bolden's unique path to the Sixers

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Zoo's Views: Jonah Bolden's unique path to the Sixers

On this edition of Zoo's Views, Marc Zumoff talks with Jonah Bolden, Sixers rookie forward. The two discuss what opening night was like for the rookie.

Bolden also talks about how he fell in love with basketball, why he decided to leave UCLA after only playing there one year, what it was like playing overseas and having to adjust to the language barrier playing in a non-English speaking country.

Also, his experience being a "draft-and-stash" player.

1:30 - Thoughts on his NBA debut on opening night.
4:00 - Knowing Ben Simmons in Australia.
9:00 - His father got him into basketball.
14:00 - His time at UCLA and leaving UCLA.
18:00 - Experience playing overseas in a non-English speaking country.
24:00 - Who does he compare to?

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Joel Embiid has colorful thoughts on dating in the NBA, being a rocket scientist, more

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Joel Embiid has colorful thoughts on dating in the NBA, being a rocket scientist, more

There are a few high notes any profile on Joel Embiid hits: his tall tale about killing a lion as a youngster; learning to shoot from watching white people on YouTube; his love of Shirley Temples; his many social media exploits.

Clay Skipper’s piece on Embiid for GQ’s first digital cover treads all of that familiar territory. But it also explores some other interesting areas of Embiid’s life.

For instance, Embiid had this to say about dating in the NBA:

"You gotta do your background check,' he says. 'You don't want to be that guy marrying a girl that someone else in the NBA has been with.... I'm sure some guys end up getting married to women that have been around. And maybe on the court they also get told' — here he lowers his voice to a whisper — 'Hey, I f—ed your wife.'

A highlight of the piece for Sixers fans will be Embiid’s insistence that he wants to be with the Sixers for the rest of his career, even if Skipper sounds skeptical of Embiid’s love for Philly.

Skipper writes, “Asked what happens to the Process nickname if he goes to another team, Embiid says, ‘I want to be in Philly for the rest of my life,’ which seems like something only somebody who has been in Philly for less than five years might say.”

Oh, and apparently Embiid still hasn’t given up on his childhood dream of being an astronaut. According to Skipper, even though he learned on a trip to NASA last year that he’s way too big to fit into a spaceship, Embiid thinks it would be “easy” to pick up rocket science once his NBA career is over.

There are a number of other good nuggets in the profile, from Embiid’s despair at reading Twitter comments calling him a “bust” to details about his oversized diet.

You can read the full piece here

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