76ers' Markelle Fultz relearning how to shoot, may miss rest of season


In a discussion with reporters today, Colangelo said there is now no timeline for Fultz's return and added the guard could be back in days or could miss the rest of the season. It seemed the Sixers had settled things down after all the craziness back in the early part of the season, and that Fultz would soon be back in a Sixers uniform. He has since returned to the practice floor, with each video of his shooting motion in practice subject to scrutiny from the National Basketball Association world.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer, general manager Bryan Colangelo said "there's a chance" Fultz will not play this season.

Friday, Colangelo stood in front of the podium and didn't really provide any more clarity. "We don't know", he finally declared.

"He's literally re-trained his shooting mechanics right now". It doesn't appear as though he could get his shot off against National Basketball Association defenses.

At one point, Colangelo said that Fultz's range was "in the paint", which is not the description of someone who is confident in their shooting ability.

The Sixers would be spared some criticism if this wasn't the third year in a row in which injury woes have plagued their top draft picks.

Embiid returned to the floor and dominated in his first season in 2016-17, but he did so without last year's No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, who also missed his rookie season with a foot injury. And somehow, it just continues to get more freakish.

If the regular season ended today, the Philadelphia 76ers would be the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. He has only played four games due to an ongoing right shoulder injury, as he may have changed his shooting mechanics in a chicken-or-the-egg scenario involving the injury, and into the new year there was no timetable for his return. So the 76ers are no stranger to not getting any, or in Fultz's case very little, immediate production from a high draft pick.