Does Philadelphia coach Brett Brown feel bad about Noel’s predicament?
“I feel worse for Richaun,” Brown said
“I think that when I put my human hat on and then you go coach a team … make decisions, show leadership, that stands out to me as much as anything. Nerlens missed everything. Twenty minutes before the game last week (Friday), I learned he was going to play. He hasn’t been a part of us.
“I’ve spoken freely about my fondness for Nerlens Noel,” Brown said. “I’ve been with him since he were here. We will help him. I will coach him and I will help him. What that means, we won’t see on the floor and maybe that’s where I could help him the most. But I don’t believe at this moment that that is best for our team. So that’s what we’re going to do. There is nothing more important than the team.”
Richaun Holmes – the No. 37 pick last year – gets lost in the shuffle. We barely even mention him when discussing the 76ers’ big-man logjam. But Holmes is having a nice season. Like Noel, Holmes deserves a bigger role. He’s just clearly better endearing himself to his coach.
There 76ers aren’t handling this well. I’m just not sure there is a good way to handle it.
They’ve tried a softer approach with Noel, and it has neither helped on the court nor boosted his trade value to a satisfactory level. I’m not sure publicly ethering him will work either, but I’m at least entertained watching them try.