Dallas Head coach Rick Carlisle is looking forward to getting Nerlens Noel (thumb surgery) back after the All-Star break. "I do think he's going to be back after the break and I'm looking forward to getting him out there," Carlisle said. "It's an opportunity for us as we move along here to look at potential young groups that could be playing together into the future to see the viability, the chemistry, those kinds of things." When asked what he wants to see from Noel, Carlisle said he wants "passion, hard play, rebounding and some chemistry with his teammates." There's no guarantee that Noel will be out of the doghouse when he's cleared, so he's just a luxury stash in deeper leagues for now.