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Report: Nerlens Noel demands DNA test after paying three months of child support

Nerlens-NoelNerlens Noel just turned 20 in April, but the former Kentucky star is already reportedly learning what a child support battle is all about. According to TMZ, a woman has filed a lawsuit against Noel in an attempt to get him to cough up some hefty child support payments.

The woman, who is named Jamie, claims Noel signed an affidavit in May 2013 admitting he is the father of her child the week after he was born. Legal documents obtained by TMZ say Noel agreed to pay Jamie $10,000 per month in child support and only did so for three months. He is now demanding a DNA test.

For whatever reason, Noel suddenly decided to respond with legal documents of his own claiming he is not convinced he is the child’s father. The Philadelphia 76ers center says he signed the affidavit “without first fully reading and understanding” its content.

“[He] does not have sufficient knowledge of information to know whether [Jamie] engaged in sexual relations with other men during the times pertinent to this case,” Noel’s lawyer wrote in his legal filing.

TMZ featured a photo of Noel next to the child, and they look pretty similar. If he did in fact agree to pay Jamie $10,000 per month and a DNA test determines he is the father, Noel is going to owe her quite a bit of money.

Nerlens Noel will wear No. 5 to remind himself of how many teams passed on him

Nerlens-Noel-draftFormer Kentucky Nerlens Noel was one of the most highly-touted recruits in the nation when he committed to the Wildcats last year. Unfortunately, his season was cut short by a torn ACL he suffered against Florida on Feb. 12.

Prior to the injury, many believed Noel would be the top player taken in the 2013 NBA Draft. Instead, he slipped all the way to No. 6 where he was taken by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. Earlier this week, we learned that Noel used his draft day slide to help him pick his jersey number with the Sixers.

As Ball Don’t Lie reminded us, the move is not unprecedented. Gilbert Arenas chose to wear jersey No. 0 in the NBA because critics said he would get zero minutes at Arizona in college.

Noel is also from Massachusetts, so his decision may have been made easier when considering Kevin Garnett — a fellow power forward — wore No. 5 for the Boston Celtics. Whatever the case, the Sixers probably don’t care where their rookie draws motivation from. If Noel comes back healthy and his surgically-repaired knee presents no problems, he could end up being a steal outside the top five of the draft.

H/T SLAM Online

Jrue Holiday traded to New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel

Jrue HolidayNerlens Noel falling in the 2013 NBA Draft to No. 6 overall instead of being selected No. 1 was already a big enough surprise, but what was even more shocking was seeing him get traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans are getting Holiday and the No. 42 overall pick in the 2013 draft in exchange for Noel and a protected first-round pick in 2014.

The trade is an absolute stunner.

Holiday has steadily improved each season since being drafted by the Sixers in 2009. The 23-year-old averaged a career-high 17.7 points and 8 assists per game and was even a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team last season. He helped the Sixers reach the playoffs twice, including a run to the Eastern Conference semis two seasons ago.

Holiday appeared to be a future franchise cornerstone for the Sixers, so it’s shocking to see them trade him so quickly. Maybe they figure this is his peak value.

“(Jrue) is shocked. He understands its as business as well. He’s OK. It is what it is. Something we didn’t expect,” Holiday’s agent Tony Dutt told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears.

The Sixers also selected Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams No. 11 overall. He was an excellent defender in college and figures to be Philly’s new starting point guard as they overhaul the roster.

The Sixers made a bold move trading for Andrew Bynum last year. After that move blew up on them — Bynum never played a game because of multiple injuries — they decided to remake the entire team.

Nerlens Noel had a giant Kentucky jersey inside his suit jacket

Nerlens Noel Kentucky jersey

Not only does Nerlens Noel stretch the limits of fashion with his outstanding ’90s hi-top fade, but he also introduced a new look with his suit on draft day.

Noel, who was believed to be in the mix at No. 1 overall, slipped in the draft to No. 6, where the New Orleans Pelicans drafted him. Like 2012 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis, Noel is a former Kentucky Wildcat who was selected by New Orleans. He decided to pay tribute to the Wildcats with a blue tie and giant Kentucky jersey embroidered inside his suit jacket.

It was nice to see a smile on the kid’s face after his giant struggle face when he learned the Orlando Magic were taking Victor Oladipo at No. 2:

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Nerlens Noel brings 7-year-old leukemia patient to Kentucky Derby with him

Nerlens-Noel-Kelly-MeltonFormer Kentucky star Nerlens Noel attended the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, and he brought with him a special guest. Noel has developed a relationship with a 7-year-old boy named Kelly Melton, who is currently battling leukemia. Melton was recently released from the hospital, so Noel asked him if he would like to accompany him to the biggest horse race of the year.

“I brought Kelly with me,” Noel explained, via the Courier-Journal. “He struggles with leukemia and I’ve known him for a while. He’s been in the hospital for a while. He just got out the other day so I invited him here to come experience this with me. It’s my first and it’s his first so it’s a great opportunity for us to come out here and enjoy it.”

Noel just turned 19 last month. Despite the fact that he suffered a knee injury in February and was held out for the remainder of the Wildcats’ season, he has decided to declare for the upcoming NBA Draft. The fact that he is already helping brighten the day of people like little Kelly is a good sign that he understands what it means to be a superstar athlete.

H/T College Basketball Talk

Nerlens Noel suffers knee injury against Florida, carried off floor (Video)

Nerlens Noel knee injuryKentucky freshman forward Nerlens Noel suffered a knee injury during the second half of the team’s 69-52 loss to Florida Tuesday and was carried off the floor by his teammates.

Noel was chasing down Florida guard Mike Rosario with about eight minutes left in the game when he got hurt. Noel successfully blocked Rosario’s layup, but his momentum carried him into the base of the basket. His left knee appeared to hit the padded area straight on, causing him to fall down to the ground yelling in pain.

According to SI’s Andy Staples, Noel was taken out of the arena in a wheelchair and transported to a hospital for examination.

Noel had eight points, six rebounds, and three blocks in 23 minutes before leaving with the knee injury.

Video via The Big Lead

Nerlens Noel taking aim at Anthony Davis’ record, accomplishments

Now that Kentucky’s starting five has bolted for the NBA, the Wildcats will look to rely on the production of incoming freshman and top high school recruit Nerlens Noel as they try to defend their title next season. Perhaps it’s a good thing he’s setting lofty goals for himself.

In the blog he writes for ESPN.com, Noel, who notably used his tremendous Christopher “Kid” Reid flat top to announce his commitment to Big Blue Nation, cited some of outgoing Kentucky star Anthony Davis‘ accomplishments when discussing what he wants to achieve next season.

“My goals for next year are to win a national title first and foremost,” Noel wrote. “Then I want to beat Anthony Davis’ shot-block record, and I want to win National Player of the Year. I definitely plan to put the work in to accomplish those goals.”

In addition to being a big part of Kentucky’s first national title in 14 years, Davis hauled in nearly every single player of the year award this season and, of course, utterly demolished the school’s single-season blocks record with 186, an NCAA freshman record.

While a national championship and a player of the year award aren’t out of the question, Davis’ blocks record is going to be a difficult feat, even for a good shot blocker like Noel. But Davis himself knows Noel has the tools to shatter his mark.

“I can’t block with my left hand like he blocks ’em,” Davis told the Courier-Journal. “He can block with either hand. I kind of tip it with my left hand. The only difference is he likes to throw them into the crowd, and I like to keep it in play. But I’m pretty sure they’ll change that here, though.”

We’ll have to wait to see if Noel can put together a season like Davis had, but at least we already know Noel has probably surpassed Davis in indecent proposals.

H/T Real GM
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