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Nerlens Noel now the center of ‘Everett Pride’

EVERETT — In this storied sports city, where “Everett Pride” translates into football and basketball championship banners, plenty of people held their breath at the beginning of the National Basketball Association player draft last Thursday in Brooklyn.

Locals had expected Everett native Nerlens Noel to be the No. 1 pick, but the gifted 6-foot-11 center slid to sixth, where he was taken by New Orleans, and then quickly traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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