Sixers coach Brett Brown on Markelle Fultz’s absence: ‘We miss him’ | NBA

Sixers coach Brett Brown would not count on guard Markelle Fultz’s projected prolonged absence to have an effect on the staff’s on-court efficiency, however that does not imply it will not have an effect in any respect.

“We miss him. I miss his firm. I miss him being round,” Brown mentioned Wednesday (via Philly.com).

Fultz, 20, shall be sidelined three to 6 weeks after being recognized with thoracic outlet syndrome.Which means he may very well be out till mid-January.

The Sixers are 5-2 since Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers, shocked the Sixers by telling them that Fultz would not play or observe till he noticed a specialist about what initially was regarded as a shoulder drawback.

As an alternative of seeing one specialist, Fultz noticed 10 over a stretch from final week into the beginning of this week, based on Philly.com. When one lastly recognized the difficulty, Brothers instructed ESPN earlier than he knowledgeable the staff, which was en path to Toronto when the information broke.

In keeping with Philly.com, there’s lingering stress over the scenario:

Fultz is well-liked inside the Sixers group. Publicly, the staff has expressed its assist for him throughout his ordeal. Nevertheless, privately, it’s skeptical in regards to the scenario and the way it’s been dealt with by Fultz’s agent, Raymond Brothers. …

Brothers mentioned the (thoracic outlet syndrome) situation is stopping Fultz from capturing a basketball correctly.

Sources have lengthy mentioned his capturing woes had been psychological. It’s no secret that the staff despatched Fultz to a number of distinguished medical doctors, however none discovered something to stop Fultz from capturing the ball.

On Wednesday, nevertheless, Brown mentioned he is relieved {that a} doable root of Fultz’s on-court struggles has been pinpointed: “Personally, I’m completely happy that there was some judgment, there’s been an evaluation.”

The 76ers are 17-9 after Wednesday’s loss to the Japanese Convention-leading Raptors snapped a four-game successful streak.

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