Nerlens Noel ‘got the chills real quick’ as 76ers chanted for him (video)


The 76ers built a roster with Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. Noel pushed back.

Philadelphia general manager Bryan Colangelo said Noel was too young to dictate terms. Noel pushed back.

The 76ers played Noel just eight minutes in a game. Noel pushed back.

Philadelphia coach Brett Brown removed Noel from the rotation and downplayed thoughts of sympathy.

This time, 76ers fans pushed back.

Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:

On Tuesday, the crowd called out “we want Nerlens” in favor of the center making an appearance. When he checked into the game, the fans amped up their reaction to a standing ovation (see video).

Noel, as he put it, “got the chills real quick.”

“I just really want to thank the fans for how they have supported me through thick and thin this whole process, these last four years, period,” Noel said. “That meant a lot to me. It’s something I’m very appreciative of.”

Noel is seemingly becoming a symbol for the fans who’ve lost patience with The Process (Sam Hinkie’s rebuilding strategy that was so entrenched, it’s still going). But he didn’t accomplish much Tuesday, scoring four points in seven minutes in Philadelphia’s 108-93 loss to the Pelicans.

No matter how they juggle their big men, the 76ers will probably lose. There’s no easy answer here.

Noel surely appreciates the fan support. He’d probably rather just leave Philadelphia, though finding a satisfactory trade partner could be challenging.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.