According to the Inquirer's Mike Sielski, Nerlens Noel will be re-creating what is one of the most iconic moments in Philadelphia history. It's sort of sad that one of this cities proudest moments belongs to a fictional character in a movie series which lasted way too long and at one point included an absurd street fight, but I digress.
From the Inky:
As part of a feature for NBA TV, Noel plans to emulate Sylvester Stallone’s runs through Philadelphia in the first two "Rocky" films.
A camera crew will track Noel as he works out at 11 a.m., goes through a shootaround session at noon, and grabs lunch. Starting between 1 and 1:30, Noel will run at the various spots around the city that Stallone used in his movies’ iconic training sequences, including the Italian Market, Independence Hall, and Kelly Drive. Noel’s "run" will culminate around 3 p.m. at the Art Museum, where 100 to 150 middle-school and high school students will join him as he sprints up the steps. Then everyone will have Papa John’s pizza, since Papa John’s is one of the event’s sponsors.
Let's just hope he's wearing his knee brace.
This is a pretty great idea though, and will probably make for some good television when NBATV opts to air it.
If your kid happens to be one of the lucky 100 to 150 children who get to jog the Art Museum steps with the next big thing in Philadelphia sports, make sure you send us pictures.