The title of a recently released Washington Post article is “Nerlens Noel injury RAISES NEW DEBATE about NBA age limit (updated)” (Web-site/URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/early-lead/wp/2013/02/13/nerlens-noel-knee-injury-raises-new-debate-about-nba-age-requirement/?wprss=rss_sports).
Nerlens Noel, who is expected to be among the top picks in the 2013 NBA Draft,FACES AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE after suffering a knee injury that raises fresh debate about the NBA’s age requirement“.
“Noel collided with the base of the basket, seemingly hyper-extending his knee in Kentucky’s loss to Florida in Gainesville. He SCREAMED LOUDLY, WRITHED IN PAIN and was unable to put any weight on the leg as he was carried off the court by teammates Archie Goodwin and Julius Mays”. Noel “screamed loudly” and “writhed in pain” like ANDREW BYNUM. That’s NOT a good comparison as Bynum of course as we know was known more for FLAGRANT FOULS during his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers as well as TWO major knee injuries during the 2007-08 and 08-09 seasons.
“He was taken to a hospital, where X-rays were negative and released, then traveled back to Lexington, Ky., with his team. He was to undergo an MRI today (February 13, 2013)”.
According to Kentucky coach John Callipari, “It looked UGLY. I’m PHYSICALLY SICK right now for him”.
Finally, Florida’s Patric Young finished off: “His leg was WOBBLY, [it] looked like HIS KNEE WAS DISLOCATED. It was GRUESOME. I DON’T EVEN WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT”.
This illustrates another important point. We must FOCUS on what we’re doing. When playing at Florida, Noel should have been focusing on THE FLORIDA GATORS, NOT THE NBA DRAFT. This injury now will most likely SERIOUSLY HINDER or perhaps even DERAIL his NBA prospects. So, Nerlens Noel will most likely end up being yet another guy who was HYPED but couldn’t DELIVER. We’re all now waiting to see if Nerlens Noel becomes the latest STUBBORN CELEBRITY college sports player to get hurt and still leave school for the draft. NOT everyone is WILLIS MCGAHEE (who blew out a knee in the 2002 BCS National Title Game & WAS STILL a FIRST round draft pick). Referring back to a point made earlier in this article, now that his “future” is “uncertain”, he should STAY IN SCHOOL.