PHILADELPHIA – Markelle Fultz, the highest general choose in final yr’s NBA draft, could not play once more this season as he offers with a proper shoulder harm and works on his shot.
Fultz performed the 76ers’ first 4 video games of the season however has been sidelined since.
Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo stated Friday earlier than the staff’s recreation towards the New Orleans Pelicans that Fultz is progressing in his restoration – however with uncertainty.
“There’s at all times an opportunity that he’ll be on the market quickly, and there is a probability that he is not going to play this yr,” Colangelo stated. “I am unable to reply that query as a result of we do not know the reply to that. Markelle’s doing nice. He is progressing effectively.”
The hedging round Fultz’s standing comes as a shock provided that he appeared on observe to return quickly.
Colangelo says the staff will play Fultz when he is prepared, however haven’t got a timeline proper now.
Fultz was dominated out indefinitely in October with soreness and a scapular muscle imbalance within the shoulder. The staff introduced Dec. 9 the soreness was gone, the imbalance had been resolved, and he was going to take part in “elevated on-court basketball actions.” Then on Jan. 2, the staff introduced Fultz had been cleared to start the ultimate stage of his “return-to-play program.”
As he recovers, Fultz’ jumper has turn out to be a problem as movies of him struggling along with his shot made rounds on social networks. He did not seem to have issues throughout summer season league, however in some unspecified time in the future his taking pictures approach modified.
Colangelo stated the harm led to an absence of muscle management and coordination.
“That is the a part of this that may be a little little bit of an unknown for us and our medical staff,” stated Colangelo, who added that whereas the reason for the harm remains to be unknown, it might have been on account of overuse or an irregular movement.
“We do not know if it was engaged on the shot that led to the soreness or the soreness that led to engaged on the shot,” Colengelo stated.
Colangelo stated Fultz is “actually retraining his taking pictures mechanics proper now” however is performing effectively in different areas moreover perimeter taking pictures.
Fultz averaged 6 factors, 2.three rebounds and 1.eight assists in his 4 video games this season.
“We’re speaking a few state of affairs the place somebody’s relearning shoot a basketball, and that was one among his elite talent units,” Colangelo stated. “That is acquired to be irritating.”