By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Tuesday morning, it was reported by The Athletic’s David Aldridge that Markelle Fultz was urged by his agent Raymond Brothers to shut it down. He was told not to practice or play in any games until he gets his shoulder looked at.
However, Fultz has already broke that request by the agent. He participated in the team’s informal shoot around, according to Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.
Fultz is expected to see a shoulder specialist next week, according to The Athletic’s David Aldridge. Until the observation, he will not supposed to participate with the team in any games or practices.
Fultz played seven minutes and five seconds on Monday against the Phoenix Suns. However, 76ers head coach Brett Brown seemed to state that his playing time was not tied to his potential injury.
“It’s kind of the first real red-flag-type news,” Brown said in response to Fultz needing a second opinion on his shoulder, according to Pompey. “I mean, I played him 20-something minutes four days ago and I thought he played OK. In fact, I thought he did well. I think he’s having a good year.”
“This news about his shoulder, it did catch me off guard,” Brown continued. “But if it’s that real that he needs to go seek further consultation, then we support him. In my eyes, it’s not complicated. If that’s what it is, then we’ll support him.”
On Nov. 12th, his strange free throw shooting went viral in the team’s 124-114 win over the Miami Heat. According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, he had a “concerning” jumper against the Brooklyn Nets, where the ball slipped out of his hand in the “inadvertent pump-fake foul shot.”
“Nobody’s ever 100 percent healthy in this game,” Fultz said Nov. 6. “You play five games in seven days, you get bumps and bruises. That’s life in the NBA, that’s what you sign up for when you get here. But I’m working every day to get better.”
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has been hampered by injuries in his short career. He has appeared in 19 games with 15 starts this season. He is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game.
Fultz has been removed from the starting lineup since the acquisition of Jimmy Butler.
As a rookie, he only appeared in 14 games. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 18.1 minutes per game.