SportSixers coach Brett Brown on Markelle Fultz's absence: 'We miss him'

18:50  06 december  2018
18:50  06 december  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Markelle N'Gai Fultz (born May 29, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Sixers coach Brett Brown doesn't expect guard Markelle Fultz's projected lengthy absence to affect the team's on-court performance, but that doesn't mean it won't have an impact at all.

"We miss him. I miss his company. I miss him being around,” Brown said Wednesday (via Philly.com).

Fultz, 20, will be sidelined three to six weeks after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.That means he could be out until mid-January.

The Sixers are 5-2 since Fultz's agent, Raymond Brothers, surprised the Sixers by telling them that Fultz wouldn't play or practice until he saw a specialist about what originally was thought to be a shoulder problem.

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Brett William Brown (born February 16, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Instead of seeing one specialist, Fultz saw 10 over a stretch from last week into the start of this week, according to Philly.com. When one finally diagnosed the issue, Brothers told ESPN before he informed the team, which was en route to Toronto when the news broke.

According to Philly.com, there is lingering tension over the situation:

Fultz is well-liked within the Sixers organization. Publicly, the team has expressed its support for him during his ordeal. However, privately, it is skeptical about the situation and how it’s been handled by Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers. …

Brothers said the (thoracic outlet syndrome) condition is preventing Fultz from shooting a basketball properly.

Sources have long said his shooting woes were mental. It’s no secret that the team sent Fultz to several prominent doctors, but none found anything to prevent Fultz from shooting the ball.

On Wednesday, however, Brown said he's relieved that a possible root of Fultz's on-court struggles has been pinpointed: "Personally, I’m happy that there has been some judgment, there’s been an assessment.”

The 76ers are 17-9 after Wednesday's loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors snapped a four-game winning streak.

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As a top prospect heading into the 2017 NBA draft, Markelle Fultz was picked first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. At the time, this seemed like a great decision for the organization, as Markelle was coming off of a breakout season at Washington University and showed a lot of potential. Unfortunately, Markelle was only able to play 14 games last season due to an apparent shoulder injury. When the 76ers announced Fultz’s injury last season, it seemed quite odd, as the details about his injury kept changing and no one seemed to be able to get a solid answer on what was going on with him. Because of this, Markelle Fultz’s abilities was one of the biggest questions heading into this NBA season. People were wondering if his skill level would decrease, or if he would prove to be the great player he was in Washington. Through 19 games this season, Markelle Fultz is averaging 8.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 3.1 APG while playing 22.5 minute a night. It seems as though he hasn’t lived up to the hype that he received before the Sixers drafted him, in fact he seems to be a disappointment. Luckily for him, the 76ers have a great coaching staff and, at the age of 20, Fultz has lots of time to develop. Because Markelle Fultz was not being very consistent, and their only other backcourt player who was getting heavy minutes was Ben Simmons, the Sixers backcourt wasn’t made up of good shooters.

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