76ers G Fultz out indefinitely with thoracic irritation

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 05, 2018 07:48 AM
76ers G Fultz out indefinitely with thoracic irritation
FILE - PHILADELPHIA,PA - MARCH 26 : Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers runs into the locker room while shaking fans hands against the Denver Nuggets at Wells Fargo Center on March 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is out indefinitely with thoracic outlet syndrome.

Fultz visited with several specialists to figure out what’s ailing him. The Sixers said the specialists have identified a compression or irritation in the area between the lower neck and upper chest. Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play.

Fultz’s representatives informed the Sixers last month that the guard would be shut down until he had been examined by specialists.

Fultz was the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft. He played just 14 games last season because of a shoulder injury that appeared to affect his shooting mechanics and made him one of the more scrutinized players in the NBA. Fultz lost his starting spot in the rotation when the Sixers traded for Jimmy Butler. The 20-year-old Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds and is shooting 42 percent from the field.

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