Markelle Fultz (shoulder) limited to shooting in paint — Sixers GM


Markelle Fultz walks on stage with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. Since then, he's been dealing with a shoulder injury that requires Fultz to "retrain" his jump shot.

Regardless, something was clearly off with Fultz - his shot was herky-jerky and inaccurate - and the Sixers sat him out to recover. And though he returned to the practice floor in January, the team has still not said when he would return.

Friday, Colangelo stood in front of the podium and didn't really provide any more clarity.

It has now been almost four months since the No. 1 pick in last year's NBA Draft last took the court, and based on what Sixers president Bryan Colangelo told reporters Friday, he might not be back anytime soon. "We don't know", he finally declared.

Colangelo echoed something Fultz himself said in a recent interview - that Fultz had to re-learn to shoot the ball. The 19-year-old's shooting stroke just has not been right since he left college and joined the National Basketball Association.

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Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo spoke to the media for the first time since December and spoke about the situation with rookie guard Markelle Fultz on February 9, 2018.

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The Sixers would be spared some criticism if this wasn't the third year in a row in which injury woes have plagued their top draft picks. But the former Washington Husky has not played since October because of a nagging shoulder injury that seemingly gets worse every time the team talks about it. Ben Simmons sat all year, Nerlens Noel missed his whole rookie season and Joel Embiid missed all of his first two seasons in the National Basketball Association.

The Fultz injury saga seems more freaky and confounding than Embiid and Simmons.