“He’s working his [butt] off,” Sixers guard JJ Redick said yesterday about rook guard Markelle Fultz. “I understand that fans want to see his progress, but this is maybe going to [be] a longer process than we all hoped for. He may be back on the court soon. I don’t know. That’s not my thing. But I don’t get the coming in here every day to like watch him shoot pull-up jumpers. That’s a little obsessive.”
By Mary Cunningham
Fultz has been sidelined by a shoulder injury that contributed to an altered shot before the team shut him down to heal and then rebuild his shooting technique.
The intrigue around Fultz deepened yesterday when 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo wouldn’t offer a timeline for Fultz to return; nor would he say whether Fultz will even play again this season.
Fultz’s shooting woes became apparent during the preseason, and Fultz was shut down just four games into the season. Colangelo said Friday that Fultz is currently limited to shooting from within the free throw lane and isn’t attempting shots from the perimeter.
While saying he wouldn’t speak for Fultz when asked how the rookie is handling his recovery, Redick said teammates are there for him either in person or via group text messages.
“We all want to see him back on the court and enjoying what he loves to do,” Redick said.