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Noel keeping a positive attitude

Article written by Drew Franklin

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98 Comments for Noel keeping a positive attitude



  1. Beavis
    1:59 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Who is going to pick up the slack ?



  2. Ben
    2:00 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens, you are the freaking man.



  3. Nerlens Forever
    2:00 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    We love you Nerlens!! Thanks for giving every game your all. So much fun to watch you. You are one of my favorites to ever wear the UK jersey.



  4. jpo
    2:00 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    You were the nicest guy this could have happened to!



  5. D
    2:01 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Dude gets it!



  6. Major
    2:01 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t call it a comeback…..cause it makes me cry it won’t be at UK.



  7. Hoping
    2:01 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hope he “comes back”



  8. Morgan
    2:01 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    What a tremendous kid



  9. Ville Cat
    2:01 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Wish u the best of luck, u are the definition of what we as BBN want to represent our university and team! BBN is behind u 100%!!



  10. Remi
    2:02 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Your the man, and get better



  11. Cawood2Cal
    2:02 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    This kid is tough as nails. That right there makes me so proud of Nerlens.



  12. IndyFan
    2:02 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    You guys obviously didn’t pray hard enough. It’s your fault Nerlens is out.



  13. Bobbum man
    2:02 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Great attitude to have NN… Come back bigger n better! Jus shows how great of a kid he is



  14. Jared wagner
    2:03 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Stay strong big Dogg!!!!!! We are prayin for u, if anyone can come back stronger and even better its u man!!!!!!!! Good luck, BBN loves u!!!!!!!



  15. Duck Butter
    2:03 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    He will be back next year and they will award us TWO national championships when we win it



  16. catlogic15
    2:03 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens will be a lottery pick and a multi-millionaire—–well deseerved.

    Blake Griffin missed his rookie year with similar and that’s worked out just fine for him.



  17. Al's IndiCats
    2:04 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I wish you nothing but the best Nerlens! You represented everything in the BBN. You’re in our prayers.



  18. jpo
    2:05 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    12. uh… what?



  19. tennisman
    2:06 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    My prayers are with you God bless and a speedy recovery. You have done so much for the Lexington community and I know they care very much about you.Keep that attitude and you’ll be better than ever when you come back.



  20. Brad
    2:07 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens made me proud to be a Cats fan in a sometimes disappointing season. Good luck, Big Fella…comeback in Lexington or in the NBA, either way you are part of BBN forever! One of my favorites to wear the jersey. My prayers are with you, and I know you will be back better than ever!



  21. charles crabtree
    2:09 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    idk bout the lottery pick but, i certainly wish the kid best of luck, and if he chooses to go pro I hope that a team will take a chance cause they will be getting a gem. get well nerlens.



  22. ltylerj
    2:10 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Im sure every single true member of BBN would trade places with you so you can pursue your dreams that you worked hard for.

    BBN is behind you, big man. Stay strong and prove every hater wrong. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat!



  23. UK Fans
    2:10 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens, you are going to come back from this better than ever. God bless you.

    “Never give in.. never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force.. never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
    ~ Winston Churchill



  24. rick
    2:10 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    good luck son, and keep up that great attitude.



  25. Larry linebeard
    2:11 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    The best thing about an otherwise disappointing season…. We loved havin ya NN, u better come back n visit!



  26. Ridge Runner
    2:11 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    There is only 1 flat top feller and he is the man!



  27. the plain truth
    2:11 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    12-Guess they don’t work against butler either



  28. Larry linebeard
    2:12 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Are their ACL transplants? Sign me up!



  29. bung
    2:12 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I have seen discussion on that play where poy missed a layup and archie rebounded and charged…uhh…we had a 3 on 1 with nerls standing alone right at the basket…the correct play for archie was a 5 foot pass…anyway Nerlens is a great person and I wish him the best…



  30. sorry #3
    2:12 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    get well big guy, all this means is he will have some time to bulk up and work on his offensive. for the NBA.. good luck #3



  31. Jack Hammer
    2:13 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Ironic this happens to THE guy who hustles back and makes a great defensive play while others lag behind, what a shame!



  32. TheBigSpoon
    2:13 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Great kid, Im proud hes a Cat.



  33. #1 Noel fan
    2:13 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlins you gave it your all, and we love you man. Bleed Blue for life. Comeback twice as great. Best of luck in your recovery, and know BBN is behind you every step.



  34. HeyDick
    2:13 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    12 I certainly hope that people were praying that he’d be okay…and it sounds like he will be okay, so until we hear that the surgery didn’t go well and he’ll never play basketball again, I’d say prayers were answered. He may not play for UK again, but hopefully people were putting him first in their prayers and praying for his over-all well being instead of our short-term desires.



  35. Bevo
    2:14 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    The ONLY positive from this is our potential starting lineup next year…could we see one of
    1-Harrison
    2-Harrison
    3-Wiggins
    4-Randle
    5-Noel

    About 99% sure this won’t happen, but YIKES to just think about it! Good luck NN



  36. #1 Noel fan
    2:15 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    # 11, you are correct.



  37. Nerlens4Life
    2:16 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Prayers going up for Nerlens…you gave everything for Kentucky and we all greatly appreciate it. BBN will be behind you no matter what. Thanks for all the effort you gave. Get well soon!!!



  38. Downcline
    2:17 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens, you’re the man, but please…GO PRO!!!



  39. bigabes4uk
    2:19 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Good lord people STOP IT!! He’s still every bit a lotto pick and probably still top 5! I would not be surprised at all to see him still go #1. NO WAY HE IS BACK!



  40. Katdaddy
    2:19 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Get better bruh! CAT FOR LIFE!



  41. Sammy
    2:20 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    33- if you’re the “#1 Noel fan” you could at least spell his name right



  42. capnmonkey
    2:20 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Every time you think Nerlens can’t get any more awesome, he goes and does something like this.



  43. brain
    2:20 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Great attitude NN. Get well and bring it back next year.



  44. ThankfulCat
    2:21 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    #12 is just a smartalec who said to pray to a milk jug

    Dude, when you die, you better take that milk jug with you full of cold milk because you will need it to put out the fire



  45. bung
    2:21 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    We will need Wiltjers scoring even if he is weak on defense…we still gotta score more than the other team. Start Kyle and let poy get minutes coming in for him and willie…I would let ryan and archie get a few minutes only until they show they have changed…Polson Hood and Mays should be in front of them now…



  46. jazzyblue
    2:22 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    THANK YOU FOR WEARING WILDCAT BLUE, EVERY UK FAN WISHES YOU NOTHING BUT THE BEST, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLAYERS, YOUR PARENTS SHOULD BE PROUD TO HAVE A SON LIKE YOU!!



  47. keep it up big man
    2:23 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    If he puts into his rehab the same effort and determination he’s shown EVERY!!! GAME!! he’s played for UK, then I have no doubt he comes back better than ever. Hate it for him. Sometimes bad things happen to good people.



  48. CatsfanMike
    2:23 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Wishing you a full and speedy recovery Nerlens!! I hope you make a decision about next year which works best for your long term success. You will always be a favorite of mine for the class you have shown off and on the court. Success to you always!!



  49. struggler
    2:23 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    And THAT attitude is what makes him special and is what will enable him to come back from what is very tough to come back from. Love and prayers for the big man!



  50. L2C8
    2:24 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    GET WELL SOON NOEL, BBN LOVES YOU!!!!!! HEAD UP BIG GUY. YOUR STILL THE LEADER OF THIS TEAM REGARDLESS IF YOU ARE ON THE COURT.



  51. heartbroke
    2:24 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Way to be strong Nerlins. You will come back stronger and better than ever with that attitude. Prayers!



  52. Jughead
    2:25 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    BBN is blessed to have a guy like this.



  53. Cauley-Stein
    2:26 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Everybody relax, I got this….



  54. Bobbum man
    2:28 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    49- exactly, that one tweet sums it up perfectly… That attitude is what makes him him and I love it! If I could give u my slightly less athletic ACL I would haha I won’t have much use for it for a while. On a different note these last few games could be tough to watch with no NN guess we’ll see if someone really wants to step up, although I don’t see it happening



  55. GoCats2
    2:28 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hoping he does the “Y” on Senior day when we play Florida again.
    Nerlens you are fantastic. No matter what his future holds he will always be special.



  56. Bobbum man
    2:28 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry 50 now



  57. Nerlens
    2:29 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    44. Don’t give him all that man, the fire is clearly burning him already in his life. Reach a hand out to him, don’t strike. Don’t turn up your nose, turn your cheek. I love your faith though.



  58. JustSayin
    2:30 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for a great season Nerlens. Hope to see you back with the Big Blue next year. It is YOUR decision, not any poster on this or any other board.



  59. Sammy
    2:30 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    And people its freakin Nerlens not Nerlins not Nerlense not Nerlinz Nerlens!



  60. MIKE AYRES
    2:31 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    GET WELL SOON NERLENS NOEL STAY STRONG BIG BLUE NATION IS HERE FOR YOU FOREVER GOODLUCK!!!#3



  61. kyeric
    2:32 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I cant take it. As insignificant as it seems; I feel compelled to write a small note to Nerlens in this comment section that hopefully he will read.

    I wish nothing but the best for you, man. You are bigger than basketball and I sincerely thank you for coming to Kentucky. I am not going to wish you luck, because you obviously MAKE your own future bigger and brighter just by your relentless drive and infectious positive attitude. 1 year or 4 years doesn’t matter, you just made yourself one of my favorite players to wear blue. GO CATS!



  62. Oohlala
    2:32 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Stay strong Nerlens. You’re one of the best kids to ever suit up for us. Your attitude and character are going to help you get back and take you far. Stay positive and work hard and I’ll pull for you in the NBA along with the rest of the BBN. You are first class and deserve all the best.



  63. Mack
    2:34 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Will cheer for him next year no matter if it’s the CATS or an NBA team. Always gives the max!



  64. Cat89
    2:34 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    At-A-KID!! Can’t keep a good man down.



  65. afasf
    2:36 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’m hearing that the injury is worse than they’re leading on.



  66. BBNs1stNOEL
    2:37 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Man, I love that kid. Praying for a quick recovery. We all know he’s a determined and hard worker. Now we can all look forward to cheering him on as he joins a very fortunate NBA team!



  67. CatGuy
    2:37 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    WAAA! Our eraser is broke.



  68. afasf
    2:37 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    There’s a chance his knee might be blown.



  69. Tts
    2:39 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Noel is a class act



  70. Future Nerlens
    2:41 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe he knows something we don’t know. Looks like he tweeted this at 6:57 p.m. today.



  71. landsharkdad
    2:43 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Keep that chin up and hit the books big fellow. BBN has your back!



  72. BCO
    2:44 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Get well soon big fella!



  73. Back to the future!!!
    2:45 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    How did he tweet this at 6:57?????



  74. dubowski
    2:48 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    For this season: I really think this team will rally around their fallen brother and turn the season around. This could be the spark that ignites them. THAT would make a hell of a story.

    For next season: Nerlens has plenty of time to recover. He will go pro and still be a high lottery pick. However, if he did stay and risk injury, while providing veteran leadership for the team and incoming class, he might become the most beloved wildcat in recent memory. And THAT would make a hell of a story.

    Get well soon big fella. BBN is behind you no matter what you do.



  75. PA Cat
    2:56 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    This team does not have the athletic ability or mental toughness to rally around anyone. Shouldn’t let the injury cause us to lose sight of the poor play of Harrow, Poly and Goodwin. As far as next year Goodwin should be looking for a good one-on-one league which is all he has shown he can play.



  76. Smitty
    2:57 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    73 – It says 10:57 on mine



  77. Rosie
    2:58 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Speedy recovery Nerlens. Wishing you all the best! Love your positive attitude.



  78. Steve
    2:59 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    BBN loves Nerlens. You gave EVERYTHING you had to Kentucky basketball, the entire BBN will rise and cheer you when you return to Rupp Arena to do the Y cheer during your successful NBA career.



  79. Future Nerlens
    3:01 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    76 – It says 10:57 on the screen capture above? Not your Twitter, because that will obviously adjust to your time settings. But whoever took this screen capture is probably in Europe.



  80. Thanks Nerlens
    3:03 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to believe this team can get it done, but without Nerlens, it is very doubtful. We just are not that good. There is nothing wrong with being freshman. We as UK fans act like it is crazy that Archie plays like that. I don’t think this team has the best basketball IQ either. It is what it is. Nerlens was great. Will miss his hustle for sure. I can see Cauley Stien stepping up offensivly. Maybe Goodwin calms down a bit. Mayes is Mayes, and Wiltjer is who he is. UK really, really needs more from harrow and I don’t see it happeing. He stepped up big against UL and Marshall. Plays soft a lot though.



  81. Future Nerlens
    3:03 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Nevermind, it’s an embedded Tweet, not a screen capture. Weird that it changed the time.



  82. UK96
    3:08 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Get well soon Nerlens…BBN loves you and expects to see you standing next to Cal in the Green Room come June…Good luck and once a Wildcat always a Wildcat.



  83. Red Headed Stepchild
    3:10 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    This kid GETS IT. I will continue to prey for Nerlens. I think this may be a blessing to him in some way, maybe there is a higher reason for this injury. Maybe he will inspire someone along the way. GOD BLESS #3



  84. Dusten
    3:13 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Make money in the NBA and get your parents of their feet.



  85. Red Headed Stepchild
    3:13 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    ^^^PRAY



  86. buzzard
    3:15 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Good luck Nerlens!!!! BBN is pulling for you. I love the way you give 110 percent!!!



  87. Bringith
    3:16 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    68- Dude, you must be one hell of a physician. I love your diagnosis of a “blown” knee. Is that term in your orthopaedic text book or did you get that off of Wikipedia?



  88. Duuuuuude
    3:24 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hmmmm……, let me see here…… do I believe the official diagnosis from the UK medical staff, or do I believe some person with an anonymous name on a sports blog? I am going with the torn ACL.



  89. Not an MD but
    3:40 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t a blown knee virtually the same thing as an ACL injury?



  90. Phat Wreck
    4:17 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Classy young man with a heart of gold. We are extremely fortunate that he chose to come and be a part of BBN…



  91. demid
    5:02 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    What a great kid.BBN is proud of you Nerlens and praying for you.And to the rest of the team, keep your heads up, It must be awful to ssee what your team mate is going thru and you have a sence that you have lost someone that is very dear to you, but i bet that nerlens will be there for you every step of the way.Play hard and have fun with the game. You must know BBN is behind you every step of the way and very proud to have all of you to grace the floor of Rupp. We wish all of you the best and GO CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  92. Judy
    5:23 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Big Guy, you’re in my thoughts and prayers. You are a great person Nerlens, not just because of basketball but because of all the little important things you do for others. You will always matter to the BBN. ALWAYS and I’ll be praying for a good and perfect recovery.



  93. Nerlens for president
    7:13 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve had the same injury and knew that there was a miniscus tear with the way you HAD to yell, since if noone has ever experienced that they’ll not understand it’s one of THE worst pains ever!!! YES!!! Worse than getting kicked in the (you know what)!

    BTW!!! Who was the A~~hOLE with the supposed insider info that said on a post last night it was the patella tendon? Jerk!!!

    Unlike the patella you can actually make a full recovery, providing you opt for the cadaver ligament graft and NOT the hamstring graft. Just look at it as the Carson Palmer special.

    Anyway, with proper, deliberate rehab he can make a full recovery and be ready to raise a banner next year. I can flat out jet at full speed now and couldn’t before my surgery and I didn’t attend all of my physical therapy appointments.

    Some say bad things happen to achieve a greater good. Perhaps God has chosen YOU, Nerlens, to achieve greatness because you’re attitude, work ethic, genuine sincerity and kindness are authentic and special. We are so HONORED to have you play here and attend our beloved university. God bless you, buddy. You WIL make a full recovery!!! Mark it down!!!



  94. Nerlens for president
    7:16 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    Correction: that’s WILL make a full rovery!!! :/



  95. Linda Taylor
    7:31 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    93 – It was a torn ACL not meniscus.



  96. steve
    7:35 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    i’ve been a cat fan since 1964 and i can’t recall anyone who played every possesion as urgentley as noel. i hope cal shows the film to his turtles and points out just how much faster noel got back on that play than the people who had his back.



  97. Syrin
    10:16 pm February 13, 2013 Permalink

    God I love this guy. Good luck at the next level. Lifelong fan here.



  98. Nerlens for president
    3:41 am February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Noted, Linda Taylor, but an ACL tear doesn’t cause you pain. The knee shifting and tearing the meniscus is where all the pain comes from and is what makes you yell so loud. I had the same injury.