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After game Markelle Fultz mum on shoulder, thought fans’ chants were for Nick Foles

Markelle Fultz, Torrey Craig

Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz (20) goes up for a shot against Denver Nuggets’ Torrey Craig (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


After missing 68 games with a shoulder injury that evolved into a confidence issue in his jump shot — and a chicken-or-egg mystery as to how it all got to there — Markelle Fultz was back on the court Monday night for Philadelphia.

After the game, Fultz was basically asked, “well, how did we get here?” about the shoulder injury and shot — and he would have none of it. He just went silent. Via NBC Sports Philadelphia:

Fultz has been well coached — that was the correct PR play.

The rookie was talkative on other issues. For example, the standing ovation he got when he entered the game for the first time, and how the Sixers’ fans chanted his name — except he thought they were chanting “Nick Foles.” Which is not wholly unreasonable because Eagles chants still break out around Philly all the time since their first Super Bowl win since Grover Cleveland was president (the second time).

If things go as planned, fans will be chanting Fultz’s name a lot more in future years.