Markelle Fultz out indefinitely with right shoulder injury

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Markelle Fultz out indefinitely with right shoulder injury

HOUSTON — Markelle Fultz will take more time before he returns to the court. The question is, how much? 

Fultz is out indefinitely because of soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder, the Sixers said Sunday. He will be reevaluated in approximately three weeks. 

The 2017 No. 1 pick has been meeting with multiple specialists, all who have confirmed Fultz does not have structural damage. Fultz met Sunday with Dr. Ben Kibler, medical director of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky at the Lexington Clinic. Dr. Kibler will perform the next reevaluation. Prior to that visit, Fultz also met with two Major League Baseball team doctors. 

Fultz has been hampered by his shoulder all season. He has been going through physiotherapy to treat it. The injury is unique in the sense there is no clear cause, a specific fall or collision on the court. 

Add to that, the visible issue with Fultz’s shot, naming his free throws. Part of rehabbing his shoulder is determining if Fultz altered his form because of his shoulder, or if his shoulder pain impacted his shot. 

"There was no medical reason not to play him," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Wednesday. "He was cleared to play and he wanted to play. That's why he was playing. His reluctance to shoot, obviously his shot mechanics have been affected by whatever's going on, or vice versa."

Fultz has appeared in four games this season (6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists), all off the bench. The Sixers initially announced Wednesday he would miss three games and be reevaluated this coming Tuesday. He will continue his training with the team during this rehab period.

This news is the latest in the series of events surrounding Fultz’s shoulder this past week. Last Tuesday Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers, told ESPN Fultz had his shoulder drained. Hours later, Brothers said Fultz had received a cortisone shot. The following day, Colangelo stated, “Nothing's wrong with Markelle Fultz,” and that the team and Fultz had come to a mutual decision to sit out at least the next three games. 

"No one's panicking inside. The sky's not falling," Colangelo said last week. "Markelle Fultz is going to be a great basketball player for this organization and we're confident that we're going to get this thing resolved."

With debut now behind him, Landry Shamet proves quick to carve out his role with Sixers

With debut now behind him, Landry Shamet proves quick to carve out his role with Sixers

When Landry Shamet was drafted by the 76ers with the No. 26 pick in June, it wasn’t long before he was introduced to the passionate fan base of Philadelphia. 

It first started when fans offered to buy him drinks when he was going out to eat around town. 

“I’m like, I can’t do that!” Shamet said. “We’re in training camp! It was crazy, and kind of unexpected. I knew the fans here were super passionate, but I got a lot more recognition than I expected to.”

And then, he was introduced to Philly fans on Twitter, after he casually referred to the city as “downtown Philly,” which led to some entertaining threads.

“Some of the funniest threads have come from tweets of mine and it has been great,” Shamet said before he let out a laugh. “Interesting people, they’ve been good though.”

But the 21-year-old has had a lot more than Twitter threads on his mind the past few weeks. 

“My whole thing is I want to come in and contribute to winning,” Shamet said. “However that is, and if it’s five minutes a game, then it's going to be the best five minutes that I can give out, and if it’s 20, then I am going to do that to the best of my ability.”

That give-all mentality is something that has definitely been noticed by his teammates.

“What has impressed me the most about him is that he goes game speed on every rep, and very few players know how to do that,” JJ Redick said. “You see the product of that in a game. His reps before and after practice are as good as I’ve seen in a young player, in terms of speed and pace. It's impressive.”

Speaking of Redick, the relationship that Shamet has been building with him since he came to Philly has already started to go a long way. 

Shamet, who can always be found shooting after practice with Redick, said the veteran has taken him under his wing. 

“I learn a lot from him,” Shamet said. “Whether he knows it or not, I’m always watching him on the court and trying to replicate a lot of the things he does.”

Shamet was quick to point out that he doesn’t want to be Redick, but he does want to take things that Redick does really well and apply that to his own game. 

“I think he’s a great vet for me, getting to learn from one of the best shooters in the NBA, and best guys playing off the ball, and he’s also really good in defending for his size, so he’s been great and teaching me a lot,” Shamet said.

Entering his 13th year in the league, Redick said he tries to think about things that he would’ve wanted to know as a younger player and pass them on to him.

“He’s a gamer,” Redick said. “He’s got some mojo to him.”

And as for Brett Brown, Shamet has shown the coach exactly what was witnessed during the guard’s time at Wichita State, which is a skill that he thinks translates best to the Sixers’ style of play.

“People that move off the ball, it’s a knack,” Brown said of what has stood out most about the rookie. “We move and I felt like when we scouted him, he would fit in from that perspective.”

Fitting in is exactly what Shamet plans to do this season.

“Coming in, my goal this whole time is to find my role and carve it out as fast as possible,” he said. “Whatever that is, just buy fully into it, and ultimately that means that I want to play, and I want to crack the rotation. To play, that’s my goal.”

Shamet cracked that rotation on opening night. His stat line might not have stuck out (one point in his 12 minutes), but the experience sure did. 

“All throughout the day I was super amped for the game,” Shamet said. “I almost had to bring myself back down, but then getting subbed in, hearing the horn and running onto the parquet floor, that was really cool.”

And on making his debut in such a historic city?

“It was an incredible feeling.”

Shamet just wished it would've ended with a W.

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Former Sixer comes to Joel Embiid's defense over Jaylen Brown's 'poster'


Former Sixer comes to Joel Embiid's defense over Jaylen Brown's 'poster'

All right, folks, we’ve settled it once and for all. 

For those of you who missed it last night, and bless your blissfully unaware selves, the Sixers lost in a big way to the Celtics in the season opener.

It was rough. It was disappointing. It was ugly. That is undisputed. 

What was disputed, however, was a play that occurred in the fourth quarter of the game, where Jaylen Brown went up for a dunk but was met by Joel Embiid. He still managed to get a shot off the glass, but the Internet erupted over whether it counted as a poster or not. 

Believe what you want, but it looks like one former Sixer has rushed to Embiid’s defense. Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, who was sent to the Thunder over the summer, responded to a French Twitter account’s highlight of the “enormous poster.”

All it took was one word with a question mark, and it looks like we have our answer on this matter. Or not, but we’ll trust Embiid’s former teammate on this. 


TLC stays loyal. 

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