Words by Jason Cordner
The Sixers and their fans have been preaching “trust the process” for some time now. With Ben Simmons, No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid scheduled to be on the court this season, the City of Brotherly Love had many reasons to believe this season could be the beginning of something special.
The Philadelphia 76ers have announced that Markelle Fultz will be out indefinitely with soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder, according to NBA.com. This latest news comes after the 76ers revealed Fultz would sit out three games as he dealt with shoulder soreness.
Fultz is averaging six points per game, shooting 33 percent from the field, and knocking down just 50 percent of his attempts from the free throw line this season.
Originally, the 76ers said nothing was wrong with Fultz, and then questioned whether Fultz tweaked his shoulder while messing with his jump shot release. Fultz’s longtime trainer Keith Williams quickly came out to say that was not true at all. There was also confusion when Fultz’s agent mixed up whether Fultz had fluid drained or added to his shoulder, and when exactly that happened. (The answer: Fultz received a cortisone shot in early October.)
This injury would mark the third straight year, a highly drafted 76er player would miss significant time on the court. With Ben Simmons looking stellar with his early season play, maybe the 76ers can whether this latest injury bug and Fultz could return to provide a spark to the 76er’s offense.