Noel, the Philadelphia 76ers center, had to sub out of the game right before the opening tip due to a case of “light nausea,” according to team officials to the AP.
Before taking the floor for a big game, NBA players do certain rituals in order to clear their mind and body to get concentrated on the task ahead in their games. The legendary Boston Celtics center Bill Russell vomited, while Stephen Curry throws up shots from their locker room tunnel on their home floor before games to ease the tension.
Unfortunately, it seems that Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel forgot to do one of his pre-game rituals to focus on their game against the Chicago Bulls.
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In the video, backup center Carl Landry was visibly confused in taking the place of Noel at the center jump. Later, Philadelphia 76ers team officials described the condition of Nerlens Noel to the Associated Press later as “light nausea,” from the article of Eric Freeman of Yahoo! Sports.
Despite the late notice, Landry did not disappoint in putting up 2-for-3 field goals before getting replaced by Nerlens Noel at the eight minute mark. The 76ers held a 9-6 lead with Landry leading the charge, but the Bulls charged right back to snatch the lead, 10-9, less than 30 seconds after Noel returned to the ballgame. Chicago eventually took the game in overtime, 115-111.
With the Philadelphia 76ers holding a 4-37 record at the midway point of the season, maybe one can say that their 2015-16 NBA campaign is literally going down the toilet. (Pun intended.)
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