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Markelle Fultz's high school coach regrets cutting him from varsity as a sophomore

Markelle Fultz's high school coach regrets cutting him from varsity as a sophomore

If you're a Sixers fan much like myself, you didn't do a whole lot of reading on Markelle Fultz before this weekend. He was expected to go No. 1 overall in the upcoming draft to the Boston Celtics, so Philadelphia fans focused their time and attention on the Josh Jacksons of the world.

But thanks to the handy work of Sam Hinkie and the gumption of Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers appear poised to go up and get Fultz via a deal with the Celtics.

Which means it's time to learn as much as possible about Fultz and quickly.

A fun place to start this morning is a profile in the Washington Post by Kent Babb who spent the evening of the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery with Fultz and his crew. It wasn't as joyous an affair as you may think.

Perhaps you've heard rumblings that Fultz was cut from the varsity basketball team as a sophomore at DeMatha Catholic down in Maryland. And it's true. Fultz was indeed cut from the varsity squad but his coach now says he made a bad decision. 

"In hindsight, I'd say I was wrong," Mike Jones, Fultz's coach at DeMatha, says of the decision.

Babb uses this anecdote in an attempt to give us a better look into the psyche of a kid who was doubted much of his life, even by the people closest to him like his mother, and has used those naysayers as motivation. 

Almost immediately after being cut, Markelle had rededicated himself to on-court skills. At [Fultz's personal coach] Williams’s instruction, he took 700 shots per day, spent hours swimming or boxing, committed to improving his footwork and vision and stretching the limits of his body.

Williams discovered a player motivated not by scholarships or riches but by revenge. So he used that.

Babb also shows how Markelle's mother is something of the anti-LaVar figure in his life. When LaVar Ball is all talk, Markelle's mom has a preference for action over words.

"I was raised to be respectful, cordial, not loud," she told the Post.

It's a solid story that will give you a glimpse into who Markelle Fultz is and what motivates him. And if the motivation-by-revenge angle proves to be true, Fultz will have Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics to use for the rest of his career.

Philly hopes it proves to be true.

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Twitter roasts the heck out of Markelle Fultz's brutal free throws

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Twitter roasts the heck out of Markelle Fultz's brutal free throws

Oh man, oh man, oh man. It's finally here. The 2017-18 Sixers season is underway with our squad locked in a pretty tightly contested game down in Washington after a quarter of play.

We've already seen Joel Embiid attempt to destroy the world -- and get fouled.

But the most buzzed about moment from the first frame of the Sixers' young season was clearly when Markelle Fultz went to the foul line and... well, tossed up some ugly bricks.

This isn't the first time we've seen this but it is the first time non-preseason Sixers fans are seeing it. We wondered aloud if the Sixers were doing the right thing with Fulz prior to tonight's game. The lack of information on his injuries is troubling. So what's the deal with that form?

Well, Twitter had a field day with it.

Although Fultz's shoulder looked perfectly fine on this delicious block! He also had a couple of early buckets.

It's a long season, rook. Just please work on that free throw motion.

 

Redskins RB thinks Eagles fans are mean (but maybe a little clever too)

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Redskins RB thinks Eagles fans are mean (but maybe a little clever too)

There's never any love lost between NFC East rivals so this Monday's much-anticipated contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins is sure to bring plenty of chatter to go along with some exciting football.

Philly's reputation often precedes it and there was some new fuel added to that fire on Wednesday when Washington running back Chris Thompson said some inflammatory -- or complimentary, depending how you look at it -- things about our city's thoughtful fans.

Thompson was a guest on ESPN 980 this morning and said he's anxious to play the Eagles in Philly because they're one of the best teams in the NFL. But also for other reasons.

From the Washington Post:

“Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I’ve ever experienced, too,” he said, “so I’m excited about that as well.”

Host Bram Weinstein then asked for any favorite tales, and Thompson obliged.

“You see a lot of the players pregame when we run out of the tunnel, guys just go pray or whatever in the end zone,” Thompson said. “And [two years ago] I went and prayed in the end zone, and one of the [fans] told me, he was like ‘God’s not gonna help you today.’ And I was like oh, shoot. I heard it while I was praying. I was like dang, all right, that’s a little harsh.”

Harsh. But fair!

On a serious note, Thompson also said he's not planning on bringing his family to Philly for the game.

“I heard that’s the one stadium you keep your family from going to,” Thompson told Weintstein. “My family will be here this week, and they were like ‘I want to come to the Philly game.’ I said absolutely not, you’re gonna have to wait until Dallas comes around. Because my step dad, he’s a big guy. And if he starts fighting, It’ll be real bad out there. I was told that right away my rookie year: keep your family away.”

Now, I can't say I disagree entirely. But not just with Eagles games in Philly. NFL games in general are most certainly not a family friendly environment. Every other week there's a video of an incident from Carolina or San Francisco or any other stadium around the country of fans acting in ways that are incredibly unfriendly to a family environment.

I took my now wife to her first Eagles game three seasons ago. We sat in the club level where I joked (kinda) that she wouldn't see any of the infamous rowdy behavior. That was before one of the largest brawls I've ever seen broke out with guys tumbling down row after row. And that was Eagles-fan-on-Eagles-fan violence.