Ever wanted a meal comped by former Sixers center Nerlens Noel? Tonight might be your best chance to make it happen.
With the Mavericks in town to take on Noel’s old team in a St. Patrick’s Day showdown, Noel offered to pick up the tab for Philadelphians who wanted to stop by South Philly mainstay Chickie’s and Pete’s tonight:
PHILLY ! I'll be at Chickies and Petes hanging out from 7-8pm tmrw (Thursday) night ... FREE CHEESESTEAKS ON YA BOY #AllLove— Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) March 16, 2017
Inquiring minds will wonder whether Noel is willing to pay for the order of crab fries you’ll inevitably get — I mean come on — but it’s a nice gesture from a player who the city embraced for his defensive presence and blue-collar attitude.
Fans on both sides of the Noel debate will feel partially vindicated by his time in Dallas. Noel has already missed a couple games due to soreness in his left knee, the same one he had surgery on prior to the season. If one of your major concerns with Noel was his propensity to be banged up, this will confirm that.
For the Noel fans and critics of the trade among us, Dallas’ play with him on the court hurts that much more:
Through seven games (168 MP) with Nerlens Noel on the floor, Mavs are scoring 116.0 points/100 poss and allowing only 101.4. 6-1 record.— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) March 16, 2017
When you have a big man who can do this... pic.twitter.com/N1ExKxuuIo— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) March 16, 2017
Mavs ran a similar play five seconds into the shot clock. Most defenses can't do anything to stop that. Noel is very valuable in that way. pic.twitter.com/MkeTKkOPgu— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) March 16, 2017
Whether you think Noel should make $20 million or 20 cents a year, you can probably still get him to buy you a cheesesteak tonight. And that’s what the American Dream is all about, after all.