76ers Shut Down Markelle Fultz Following Ankle Injury
Jul 10 2017
A team source confirmed that Fultz suffered a lateral ankle sprain, not a high ankle sprain as was originally reported by ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. He was helped off the court while not putting any weight on his left foot and was taken in for x-rays to determine the extent of the ailment. Philadelphia's history of injured draft picks includes 2016 No. 1 overall draft pick Ben Simmons who fractured his foot last off-season and has yet to make his debut.
Second-year guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot suffered a cut lip that required stitches.
The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that team president Bryan Colangelo felt was the ideal piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.
He couldn't put any pressure on his ankle as he got helped off by two teammates.
Safe to say we won't be seeing Fultz in anymore Summer League games and I'd be perfectly okay if the Sixers never participated in them moving forward. He was talking on the defensive end, had pressure on the basketball, was trying to stay within our defensive concepts.
The Sixers have had pretty much the worst luck ever when it comes to their top picks the past half-decade.
"I'm a little bit punch-drunk with the injuries that we've had with our first players selected over the years, " head coach Brett Brown said on ESPN Saturday night.