Markelle Fultz Out Indefinitely With Thoracic Outlet Syndrome


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This week, the team announced Fultz had been diagnosed with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome and will require physical therapy immediately.

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.

On the advice of Brothers, Fultz visited with approximately 10 specialists over the past week or so, consultations that resulted in their bringing this diagnosis back to the organization.

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Now, Fultz will reportedly work with renowned physical therapist Judy Seto, who formally was employed by the Los Angeles Lakers.

While responding to Fultz's latest setback, ESPN analyst, Stephen A. Smith, expressed his belief that the 76er is possibly the biggest bust in National Basketball Association history. 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.

Fultz has lost the ability to carry out and follow through on long jump shots, and there's been internal and external debate about how much of this perplexing circumstance is physical vs. mental.

Through 19 games this season, Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists, shooting 41.9% from the field, 28.6% from the three-point line and 56.8% from the free-throw line.

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