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Nerlens Noel reacts to Bryan Colangelo's resignation by throwing shade

Nerlens Noel reacts to Bryan Colangelo's resignation by throwing shade

Nerlens Noel is one of the first players to react to the news that Bryan Colangelo is out as the president of basketball operations for his old team, the 76ers.

He’s throwing some shade, too.

Noel’s name came up in the initial report released by The Ringer as being a subject of several tweets from the then-mysterious Twitter accounts in question. According to the report, the Twitter accounts, which we now understand were managed by Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, called Noel a “selfish punk” who was “behaving like a vulture.” The report goes on to insist that “Brett Brown wanted NN (Nerlens Noel) gone,” and that he was bad for the locker room.

On Monday, Noel posted this image on his Instagram story, indicating that he was playing the online game “Normal Collars,” which is a jab at Colangelo.

Today, he became one of the first, if not the first player to react to the news that Colangelo resigned with this meme from the movie “Friday.”

With what was said about Noel, presumably by Colangelo’s wife, it’s easy to see why he was quick to react in this fashion.

More on Colangelo's resignation

Josh Harris doesn't rule out possible Sam Hinkie return

• Colangelo releases bizarre statement on his resignation

How Sixers actually benefit from Colangelo mess

• I believed Colangelo, too — and he still had to go

• Did Sixers fall behind in draft prep during investigation? 

Nerlens Noel and Kevin Hart take a bath, make fun of Joel Embiid

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Nerlens Noel and Kevin Hart take a bath, make fun of Joel Embiid

Sixers fan Kevin Hart has a new-ish YouTube show he's calling "Cold As Balls." The premise is pretty simple: he and a guest take an ice bath and chill.

Previous guests have included Draymond Green, Blake Griffin, LaVar Ball, and Candace Parker

Hart just so happens to have former Sixer and current Dallas Maverick Nerlens Noel on as his guest this week.

Aside from making fun of the locker room in Philly, Hart also takes a jab at Joel Embiid. Hart does a decent-enough Embiid impression with a "Trust the Process" but he also mocks the way Embiid speaks. Not cool.

Look for that around the six-minute mark.

Noel also says Dirk Nowitzki is just as funny as Hart. I'd believe it.

Hinkie's old boss expected Giannis to be a Sixer

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Hinkie's old boss expected Giannis to be a Sixer

The 2013 NBA draft was one of the strangest in recent memory. There was no consensus first overall pick, which is how Anthony Bennett happens.

Nerlens Noel was viewed as a candidate to be the top pick before tearing his ACL late in his lone college season. The Sixers, then under Sam Hinkie, bought the upside on Noel and traded Jrue Holiday for the sixth overall pick to take him. 

Five picks later, the Sixers took another big, athletic, upside-based player in Michael Carter-Williams.

Four picks after that ... Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, Hinkie's boss before the protege left for Philly, said on The Bill Simmons Podcast this week that he was convinced the Sixers were set to take Giannis.

"I was actually really surprised Philly didn't take him," Morey said. "They ended up taking the Rookie of the Year (MCW) so they did fine. But [Giannis] was this super-high-upside guy. We had bet that [Hinkie] might take [Giannis] because we were like, 'Super-high upside, might as well go for it.'"

Could you even begin to imagine ...

Keep in mind, though, that these types of what-if conversations require more context. Had the Sixers taken Giannis then, they're probably not bad enough to pick high enough to get Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in two of the next three years. (Same concept to remember whenever someone says the Sixers should have taken Kristaps Porzingis over Jahlil Okafor. Of course they should have, but if you draft Porzingis, you probably don't get Simmons.)

Giannis was by far the best player in that draft, with Rudy Gobert (27th), C.J. McCollum (10th) and Victor Oladipo (2nd) the only other standouts. Otto Porter (3), Dennis Schroder (17) and Steven Adams (12) are good players, but that's pretty much it. Everyone else in that 2013 draft is either a fringe rotational player, a non-factor or out of the league. 

That was a rough draft for GMs to navigate, as opposed to the year before when Anthony Davis was the consensus No. 1 and Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard and Andre Drummond were all top-10 picks. The only surprise outside the top 10 that previous year was Draymond Green, a huge steal but one of the only steals of 2012.

The Giannis draft (2013) was Hinkie's first as the Sixers' GM. Though Hinkie was a swing-for-the-fences type, perhaps even he couldn't justify trading an established player in Holiday for the ultimate risk-reward player in Antetokounmpo. Not many execs had seen the Greek Freak more than a few times, and it was difficult to gauge how his work against inferior competition would translate to the best league on Earth.

Alas ...

Hinkie's final days
Morey clearly still rides for Hinkie, and he had an interesting take on how his former colleague's tenure with the Sixers ended.

Should Hinkie have been more front-facing?

"If you know it's gonna end how it's gonna end, I think he would say for sure," Morey said when Simmons referred to Hinkie as "Howard Hughes-ish." 

"He felt like he had ownership's support there to execute on the plan and part of the plan was to not be as out there, especially during the down times," Morey continued. "Sam can be more communicative, it's just he thinks it's better for the team, especially at that point when he was there, it didn't make sense to be that communicative.

"That said, if he knew he didn't have the support (from ownership) that he thought he had, I'm sure he would have been out there more.

"Hopefully, someone will give him a shot. I think he can obviously help a lot of teams."