Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Sci-tech | By Javier West

76ers' rookie Fultz (shoulder) out indefinitely

76ers' rookie Fultz (shoulder) out indefinitely

- 76ers guard Markelle Fultz will be out indefinitely, according to a specialist with the Lexington Clinic. After a three-week rest period, Fultz will be re-evaluated, possibly with an eye on surgery.

The 76ers decided to make Fultz the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 #NBA Draft, taking him over a host of other players with high ceilings.

Fultz's shoulder has bothered him all season and the Sixers said last week he would only miss three games.

Fultz's shoulder has been the center of attention for a couple weeks since he unveiled an altered shooting form during training camp and in the preseason.

Fultz does not have any structural damage in his ailing right shoulder but is dealing with soreness and muscle imbalance.

People close to Fultz, including his personal trainer, say Fultz changed his shot because of the discomfort in his shoulder. He started the regular season as a reserve and averaged 19 minutes, 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists over the team's first four games before being sidelined. The injury is unique in the sense there is no clear cause, a specific fall or collision on the court. It doesn't appear that Fultz's injury is as grievous as the other's, but you just never know with the 76ers.

The best thing for Fultz would be to stop playing until he's fully healthy.

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