- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
February 12, 2013. That's the date when Kentucky's Nerlens Noel tore the ACL in his left knee. An initial timeline for his return to the hardwood was six to eight months. Hypothetically, that would put him back in the mix by the time that NBA training camps roll around in October. However, the Philadelphia 76ers who maneuvered on draft day to land him, are being patient with their expectations, and it looks like he will miss at least the first month of the season.