Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

76ers Shut Down Markelle Fultz Following Ankle Injury

Sixers Sign 2017 First Overall Pick Markelle Fultz Markelle Fultz Suffers Scary Ankle Injury, Ruled Out For Rest Of 76ers' Summer League Game
Spencer Simpson | 10 July, 2017, 00:23

The first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fultz had just signed his rookie contract earlier in the day before stepping onto the court for his first action in a Sixers uniform.

Markelle Fultz is "OK", after suffering a lateral ankle sprain in the Sixers' Las Vegas summer league opening win vs. the Warriors Saturday night (see story). Instead, his teammates had to help him down the tunnel and into the locker room to be evaluated by doctors.

'We'll be as cautious as we can, making sure he's healthy, ' Pierce said. "We will know [more] once we get some treatment on him".

"Can't feel great, a guy going down, actually two players going down on the same play", Sixers president Bryan Colangelo told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The injury occurred as Fultz attempted to block Warriors rookie Jabari Brown from behind. "Again, based on the initial diagnosis, you rather hear that than something worse".

No time frame has been announced by the team, but Fultz will be shut down for the remainder of the summer. He required stitches and did not return to the game. They selected Ben Simmons at No. 1 overall in 2016, Jahlil Okafor in 2015 (No. 3), Joel Embiid in 2014 (No. 3) and Nerlens Noel in 2013 (traded from New Orleans to Philadelphia at No. 6). And then was out for a few weeks leading into February.

So please pardon Sixers fans for being a little testy.

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