Sixers point guard Markelle Fultz has had one of the strangest starts to an NBA career in recent memory. Hopefully he’ll end up having a long and productive one, and these first two weeks will become something he can laugh about.
A quick recap: Fultz came into training camp shooting free throws like a deranged basketball novice, and originally explained it away as the result of some harmless tinkering with his form; he later revealed that the tinkering was brought on by a shoulder injury; the Sixers decided to keep playing him anyway, and his first few NBA performances were hard to watch; yesterday, his agent went to the press and said Fultz’s shoulder had to be drained and is so fucked up that he cannot even raise his arm to shoot; the agent then amended that statement to say the shoulder had not been drained, but shot full of cortisone.
And that brings us to this morning, when the Sixers announced that, finally, Fultz will be rested for at least the next three games, and then be re-evaluated. But because every piece of news about Fultz is required to come with a dose of weirdness, Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo gave us this:
Let’s reconvene in three days, when there will almost assuredly be a report published about Fultz locking himself in his house and eating nothing but Chick-fil-A.