By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz was urged in November not to practice or play in any more games by his agent. On Tuesday, his agent confirmed that Fultz is dealing with s medical condition.
He has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
“Markelle (Fultz) has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, (TOS), a physical injury,” Agent Raymond Brothers said. “TOS affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus severely shoot a basketball. … thus severely limiting Markelle’s ability to shoot a basketball. TOS is treatable by physical therapy.”
Fultz will continue to be out indefinitely. This result was found after he visited several doctors.
He will also have to undergo physical therapy before he plays in another game. He will begin physical therapy immediately.
There has been speculation that the team would trade the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. While the rumors spread, 76ers General Manager Elton Brand denied the rumors. Brothers and 76ers head coach Brett Brown also denied the rumors.
Fultz was shut down by the team on November 21st. T.J. McConnell has been the backup point guard after Fultz was urged to stop playing.
He has had trouble with his shot for quite some time. There has also been debate that it was mental, while others said it was physical.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a disorder that affects the blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib. This also can cause pain in your shoulders and neck, while also causing numbness in your fingers.
Fultz has appeared in 19 games this season, including 15 starts. He is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, along with 31 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks.
In his NBA career, he has made 33 games, including 15 starts. He is averaging 7.7 points and 3.4 rebounds with 3.4 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks.