Markelle Fultz may not Return to the Philadelphia 76ers this Season
What is even going on in Philadelphia?
Thankfully Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are holding the fort down because if Embiid goes down with another injury, all hell might break loose in The City of Brotherly Love. The Sixers are currently 27-25, good for eighth in the Eastern Conference, which really is the best possible thing to happen to this franchise considering how the past decade has gone.
Imagine if one more thing went wrong? Maybe that would remind the world of Markelle Fultz. You know, that kid out of Washington who was made the first overall pick in the 2017 June draft. The draft rights of whom the 76ers acquired when trading away a pick that eventually turned out to be Jayson Tatum, one of the top and most talented rookies in a star-studded 2017 class.
Fultz has been out since October 23rd, playing in only four games with the Sixers because of course that’s how a Sixers player’s rookie season would go. The injury attributed to his missed time is muscle deformity, whatever that means. He also, for some very odd reason, had to change the shot that worked rather well in college and helped him make it into the league. That shot now, looks absolutely abysmal and it something that he is now trying to revert back to the original.
Is it related to his shoulder injury? Is there a shoulder injury? What is even going with Fultz and the Sixers?
“There’s always a chance that he’s going to be out there soon,” Said General Manager Bryan Colangelo. “And there’s a chance that he’s not going to play this year. I can’t answer that question because we don’t know the answer to that.”
There’s been some weird thing to happen in the NBA. This season, this may just be the weirdest story.
“It’s been tough, but at the end of the day, I know it’s gonna make me better,” Fultz said earlier in the week. “It’s been a long journey just trying to re-learn it [the shot], I’m just going through it and I wanna go back there as quick as I can, but it’s been a slow process.”
Clearly a young player trying to remain as professional about the process as possible.
Thank goodness for the Philadelphia Eagles.