Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Markelle Fultz diagnosed with nerve injury that 'severely' limits ability to shoot

Markelle Fultz diagnosed with nerve injury that 'severely' limits ability to shoot

The 76ers confirmed the diagnosis, indicating that Fultz will begin physical therapy immediately.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski revealed the details on Fultz being diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome while also providing the potential 3-6 week rehab timeline.

Fultz, 20, has thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), which involves compression or irritation of the nerves or blood vessels in the area between the lower neck and upper chest.

As for the Sixers, Fultz receiving a diagnosis that the team around him agrees with could be the next step towards getting him back on the court.

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Brothers informed the Sixers on November 21 that Fultz would seek further opinions on his shoulder before a return to the court - a decision that the organization has left to Fultz and his management team.

That being said, the mysterious case of Fultz and his inability to shoot has taken many different turns over the past year, so chances are this diagnosis is far from the end of the drama surrounding what is quickly becoming one of the biggest busts of all time.

"People were saying it was a mental problem and it is not", Brothers said. There's no way you're the No. 1 pick in the world and all of a sudden you aren't able to consistently raise your arms to shoot ... "Now we have the answer to that problem".

The Sixers, 17-8, will take on the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night in a nationally televised game airing on ESPN at 8pm ET.

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