October 9 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Forward Andres Nocioni has been seen often around the 76ers‘ practice facility, but mostly he’s been barefoot and shivering, presumably walking to or from an ice tub.
On Friday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nocioni was cleared for a full practice, his first with the team. Since training camp opened on Sept. 28, Nocioni had participated only in noncontact drills.
In July, only a few weeks after being traded to the 76ers from the Sacramento Kings, Nocioni sprained his left ankle playing for Argentina’s national team.
The Sixers held Nocioni out of the FIBA world championships.
“I feel much better and I’m ready to go,” Nocioni said after Friday’s practice. “When the doctors say I can play, I’m going to play. I played a whole practice, and with contact and I feel [all] right. I have no pain at all. I feel a little bit tired, a little bit out of shape, but I’m ready to roll.”
In six NBA seasons, 41/2 with the Chicago Bulls, Nocioni, 30, has averaged 11.3 points and 4.7 rebounds a game.
On Saturday afternoon in Newark, N.J., the Sixers will play the New Jersey Nets. It will be the second preseason meeting between the two teams. The Nets defeated the Sixers, 103-96, on Tuesday in Roanoke, Va.
Nocioni said he has been told he’ll probably play the final three games of the preseason schedule, so it’s possible he’ll be held out of Saturday’s game.
Sixers coach Doug Collins has said he sees Nocioni as an energy guy, likely coming off the bench with aggressive play and long-range shooting.
“My role is going to be the same role on every team I’ve been on: Bring energy to the game,” Nocioni said. “I try to play hard defense and leave everything on the court.””
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