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Nerlens Noel is in the gym


Andy Katz tweeted yesterday that Nerlens has added six pounds in the last two weeks. He’s up to 212 lbs. now and chasing that No. 1 spot with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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25 Comments for Nerlens Noel is in the gym

  1. Clay County Billy
    9:09 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    UK sucks. Next Story.

  2. ThatScar
    9:12 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Makes me shiver….

    Heal thoroughly, Nerlens. All the best in your future!

  3. Conner Collis
    9:13 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    What is with the safety bars?

  4. empireblue
    9:24 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe it’s just the angle, but that knee is looking ROUGH.

  5. Somebody
    9:27 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink


  6. joe
    9:27 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink Nerlens but he is not budging 325 without a hefty spot even if its only two inches over the safety racks. Needs to get a new trainer if they are going to have him lift weight he can’t handle. Better to lift lighter and get full range of motion. Lifting like that is asking for a torn ligament and long term joint issues. But hey I guess it looks good for the scouts

  7. PsychOfMSE
    9:30 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    6: That doesn’t look anywhere near 325. Looks like 4 25lbs and 2 15lbs which is 130 which he should be able to get great reps on.

  8. Myron Gaines
    9:32 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    LOL #6, Do you even lift? Those are bumper plates, that’s not 325.

    Looks like the inner plate is 25 (you know, since it says 25 lbs on it) and the outer 15, assuming the middle plate is 25 as well and maybe 5 lb smaller plates on the outside that looks like 185 (counting the bar of course).

    Quarter range reps @ 185? C’mon Nerlens, you banged you knee up son not your vagina.

  9. Myron Gaines
    9:34 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    #7, The bar dude (45 lbs DYEL?), plus the silver plates. 185 my guess

  10. 9 is fine
    9:34 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    First of all, is anyone familiar with an ACL surgery? It’s brutal. Judging by the picture, it looks like he has some serious scar tissue build up which is normal. Other than that, the wound looks like it is healing nicely.

    Secondly, that is not 325 lbs. Those are 25 lbs plates along with a bar that I’m guessing weighs 45 lbs. That means he’s only benching 195 lbs. Which isn’t a whole lot, but pretty good for a guy his size and weight coming after a major surgery.

  11. #6 can't read
    9:36 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    #6) there are 3 25 pound weights on each side along with what looks like a 5 at the end. So 80 pounds on each end with a 45 pound bar which equates to 205 lbs, which is very doable for him.

  12. Myron Gaines
    9:39 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    11, that’s the straightest 2 I’ve even seen then. Look again brah, 15 lb on the outside. Assuming middle is 25 & smaller plates are 5, it’s 185 at quarter range.

  13. #6 can't read
    9:41 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    #12) maybe so, but regardless it’s not 325. It’s 185-200 which is doable haha.

  14. DDDDDDaaaaaayuuumn
    9:41 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Noel is the best, But it is obvious his power is all in his legs (from luggin them biggazz feet around)…

  15. Myron Gaines
    9:50 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Wasn’t it Kevin Durant that couldn’t bench 135 at the combine a few years back? Hows that working out for him? In basketball strength is not a prerequisite, it helps but doesn’t matter if your Durant/Nerlens good.

  16. Dick Grayson
    9:59 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Number fiveteen, your correct. Also, I think Charles Barklee could bench press 300???

    Please respond.

  17. Sean
    10:06 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Everyone that is 135. Zoom in and you’ll see those are 15 pounds each with the bar weighing 45

  18. Nerlens
    10:16 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    It is 185lbs. Screw you b**ches, I’m about to be rich.

  19. Louisville1Cal4
    10:30 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    @ 1
    Hi little brother! *gives noogie*

  20. Joe k
    10:42 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    Didn’t look close enough. Correct it’s 185. Still the fact he can’t bring it to his chest is not a good sign

  21. Wildcatsteeler
    11:12 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    It’s 185 or 165. No way of knowing what the middle weights are. He could be doing high reps. I have real long arms also and the flat bench sucks if you do. You’re elbows go well past your back at the bottom and it’s very hard to lift at the bottom. Once you get your elbows back even with your body it’s much easier to push up. Hence the safety bars there. Plus for the safety, he’s a million dollar athlete.

  22. NBA Sense
    11:31 pm May 31, 2013 Permalink

    At the combine, one of the big stats of interests is the number of reps a rookie can do at 185 lbs. So it stands to reasons that with one of the big questions about Nerlens being his strength, that his trainer is focusing on maximizing his combine performance in the 185 lb bench press. My bet is that he gets 13.

  23. HeardThat
    1:11 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    At 6…first thing I noticed. Maybe it is the rehab process with trying to reduce the swelling in the knee, but it didn’t look normal. Nerlens needs to go to Cleveland so he isn’t counted on so much his first year. With Varejao, Thompson, and T Zellar he doesn’t necessarily have to come back until he is fully healthy. Then again with the talk of cleveland trading away the #1 pick for Boogie Cousins sounds a hell of a lot better.

  24. HeardThat
    1:13 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    I meant that at 4…

  25. Uh oh
    10:21 am June 1, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve had 2 ACL surgeries myself and my god my knees did not look like that even the first day after surgery! Wonder how well that went