Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams are close friends dating back to their days as AAU teammates in Boston.
But with the 76ers playing the Magic yesterday, the Philadelphia teammates got a little heated during a first-quarter timeout.
Carter-Williams, via Dei Lynam of CSN Philly:
“We got into it a little bit as teammates do,” Carter-Williams said. “I grew up with him; we’ve gotten into it before; this isn’t the first time. It’s not anything negative; we got into it and then it’s over. It is not like we are little kids, and we went out there and not pass each other the ball. It is over and done with, and we move on.”
Noel, via Lynam:
“We had a miscommunication like any competitive players would,” Noel said
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A funny thing happened after the incident: The 76ers won!
It has been and will continue to be a frustrating season for Philadelphia’s players. Management is tanking, having built a roster that can’t regularly compete at this level, and the players are forced to handle loss after loss because of it.
This surely won’t be the last time the frustration boils over, but if the 76ers keep those moments from growing in significance, they’ll be fine. If they keep turning them into wins, they’ll be really well off.