One player who might understand what Nerlens Noel is going through right now is Derek Anderson. If you’re too young to remember (why didn’t your parents tell you??), Anderson also tore his ACL back in 1997 during his senior year and was able to rehab and have a successful NBA career. Anderson is now an inspirational speaker and author, and spoke to the team last weekend about overcoming struggles. He tweeted Nerlens this after the news broke of his injury:
@nerlensnoel3 I’m headed to Kentucky NOW to help you get thru this. This will make u much stronger, physically & Mentally. C u Soon LIL Bro
— Derek L. Anderson(@DerekLAnderson) February 13, 2013
Anderson also told his followers that if it weren’t for the Big Blue Nation’s support in ’97 after his injury, he never would have played eleven years in the NBA or won an NBA Championship with the Miami Heat.