It pretty much came out of nowhere, though it should have been expected. I wrote back in July why the Sixers should explore the idea.
Noel tore his ACL back in February, an injury that typically takes eight to 12 months to recover from. However, coach Brett Brown admitted that "progress was slow" according to Dei Lynam of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
While it might be disappointing, considering there isn't much else to get excited about in Philadelphia, the decision to sit Noel has its benefits—both for him and the team.