Originally posted on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 10/22/13

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 22: Rajon Rondo #4 of Kentucky shoots the ball around the reach of Glen Davis #34 of LSU during the game on January 22, 2005 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 89-58. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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For much of last year Kentucky Wildcat freshman Nerlens Noel was projected to be the #1 pick in the NBA draft.  A gruesome looking ACL tear brought an abrupt end to his season in February, and Noel wound up being taken #6 overall by New Orleans (then traded to Philadelphia for Jrue Holiday).  Noel had surgery to repair his knee in March, which puts his timeline roughly one month behind Rajon Rondo's. Many Celtics fans and writers are of the opinion that Boston would be best served by Rondo taking as long as possible to return.  If this is something the C's are inclined to let happen, they'll be hard pressed to match the Sixers treatment of their injured rookie.  Philly head coach Brett Brown announced today that they expect to hold Noel out for all of the 2013-2014 season.  Via ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Brown stated "I doubt, everybody doubts that he's going to play this year." The standard recovery time for ACL tears is usually 9-12 months, which would put Noel ready to go sometim...
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