Knee injury shouldn’t cost Nerlens Noel in NBA Draft

Nerlens Noel - photo from
Nerlens Noel – photo from

There are certain moments in sports that make you cringe, and Wednesday night, Nerlens Noel’s knee injury became one of them. As a general rule, you don’t want the word “gruesome” attached to anything in your life. This is especially true if we’re talking about your lunch, your attempts to kiss somebody, or an injury.

So when Noel’s injury was described as gruesome, I didn’t have to see the video. I knew. I imagine he knew. We all knew.

Noel, the freshman, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. And this has inevitably led to anger about the NBA’s no-high-schoolers draft policy, and well-intentioned concern that the policy and the injury have conspired to cost Noel millions of dollars.

Well, save it. Because when it comes to Noel’s draft status, the simple truth about his injury is this:  It probably won’t affect him at all.

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