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Report: Nerlens Noel to sign shoe deal with Reebok

Sep 13, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel AP

The conventional wisdom is big men don’t sell shoes, attacking perimeter do — Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose.

But Nerlens Noel, the center out of Kentucky who will play with the Sixers once he gets healthy (remember the knee injury last season) thinks he can be the exception to the rule.

Noel has agreed to a deal with Reebok, reports SLAM. Reebok is trying to up its NBA presence and is reportedly going to add a few other players to its roster (it already has a handful).

Rookie center Nerlens Noel has tentatively agreed to an endorsement deal with Reebok, according to sources within the company….

“I don’t think I’m just a prototypical big man,” Noel said when reached on the phone at the shoot. “I think I’ll be able to sell shoes.”

Maybe. Noel was talked about as a possible No. 1 pick because of his potential as an athletic, shot blocking big who could run the floor and fit in a more modern offense. However, on draft night he fell all the way to No. 6 where the Hornets drafted him then traded him to the Sixers as part of the Jrue Holiday deal. Philadelphia is a perfect fit — they are rebuilding and don’t mind struggling this season, so Noel can take his time getting back on the court.

When he does, he’ll be wearing Reeboks.

Other guys wearing Reebok this season are Jason Terry (Nets), Isaiah Thomas (Kings) and Jameer Nelson (Magic).

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young, coupled with 2 potential top-10 picks in next year’s well-hyped draft, and the 76ers may end up taking a gigantic step forward if they can land a couple future stars next year.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      I’m not crazy about Michael Carter-Williams. Abysmal shooter with lots of turnovers.

      • biasedhomer - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        I agree, and I doubt he’ll ever be a good shooter, but if he can make plays without the turnovers, he could fit that pure point guard role, like Rubio or Rondo.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

        he could certainly get better. As a tall guy with long arms, he’s a naturally gifted defender at the PG position, and should have a slight rebounding advantage. I don’t think he’ll ever be as good as Rondo, but he could easily be as good as Jrue.

  2. tcclark - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Wow Reebok has really fallen off far in the NBA, Allen Iverson used to wear Reebok and his shoes were the most popular growing up that I remember (behind Jordan of course). I loved T-Macs addidas shoes, but you were always a cool kid if you were wearing Iversons. Now the best player they have signed is an aging Jason Terry?

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      They almost signed Lebron, but he took Nike’s deal for more money up front. Reebok’s offer was bigger overall.

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