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Sixers' Fultz diagnosed with physical injury

Eliot Shorr-Parks
December 04, 2018 - 5:07 pm

After what has been close to two weeks of tests with various doctors, it appears Sixers guard Markelle Fultz has an answer as to why he has struggled to shoot over the last year-and-a-half. 

Raymond Brothers, Fultz's agent, has released the following statement through ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi: 

“Markelle (Fultz) has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, (TOS), a physical injury. TOS affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus severely limiting Markelle’s ability to shoot a basketball. TOS is treatable by physical therapy."

The Sixers confirmed the news through a press release, stating that Fultz has been through a "series of consultations with specialists across several disciplines." The team would only say that Fultz is out indefinitely and will begin physical therapy immediately. 

For Fultz, it means he finally -- in theory -- has the correct diagnosis and a gameplan to hopefully return to being able to shoot a basketball. Fultz's inability to shoot consistently, and various shooting forms, has been one of the biggest mysteries in Philadelphia sports history. It has also been one of the major stories in the NBA since he was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

As for the Sixers, Fultz receiving a diagnosis that the team around him agrees with could be the next step towards getting him back on the court. Although the chances of Fultz ever turning into a contributing member of the Sixers seem extremely thin, there is still an outside chance the team could trade him for something of value as opposed to just releasing him this offseason. 

That being said, the mysterious case of Fultz and his inability to shoot has taken many different turns over the last year, so chances are this diagnosis is far from the end of the drama surrounding what is quickly becoming one of the biggest busts of all time.  

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