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             === Sixers lift some restrictions on injured Noel ===
 Philadelphia,  PA  ( - The  Philadelphia 76ers say they have
 lifted some restrictions on injured No. 6 draft pick Nerlens Noel, who can now
 participate in limited on-court work.
 Sixers  general  manager Sam Hinkie  said in  a statement Wednesday night that
 Noel  must still meet  several benchmarks as he continues to rehab from a torn
 ACL  he suffered playing  for Kentucky, but the team has been impressed by the
 center's "capacity for work both in his rehab and in our weight room."
 "Our  sports performance  and training staff have been extremely complimentary
 of his efforts thus far during this methodical rehab process," Hinkie said.
 He  said  some  restrictions  were lifted  after  "careful  consideration  and
 numerous  discussions  with our medical  and performance teams, the consulting
 physician and rehabilitation staff, and Nerlens' representatives."
 Noel averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game in
 his  only season at  Kentucky and was a candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick
 before suffering his knee injury.
 He  was  drafted by  New Orleans and  traded to the  Sixers for All-Star point
 guard Jrue Holiday in a deal agreed to on the night of the draft.
 01/15 21:08:14 ET

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