What's the latest on Markelle Fultz' ankle injury?

LOS ANGELES CA- MARCH 01 Injured Washington guard Markelle Fultz looks on before a college basketball game between the Washington Huskies and the UCLA Bruins

After having first-round picks Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons all miss their entire rookie seasons - Embiid sat out his first two years and Simmons has yet to play an National Basketball Association game -the Sixers' worst fears have been staved off with Fultz's diagnosis. Instead, his teammates had to help him down the tunnel and into the locker room to be evaluated by doctors. "At only 19 years of age, the sky is the limit for Markelle and we could not be happier to have him join our Sixers family", Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo said. "Again, based on the initial diagnosis, you rather hear that than something worse".

The number one overall pick of this year's NBA Draft rolled his ankle during the third quarter in a game against the Golden State Warriors.

No time frame has been announced by the team, but Fultz will be shut down for the remainder of the summer.




It's likely that the Sixers won't put their star rookie back on the court anytime soon, and the best bet may be to use some bubble wrap or quarantine Fultz to make sure he's ready for action when the regular season rolls around.

In seasons before last, Embiid's absense paired with a season-long Nerlens Noel injury and a horribly failed experiment with Andrew Bynum appears to have the Sixers in a never-ending repeating injury-dogged hell. Both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have had to sit out entire seasons due to injuries.

'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 during the TV broadcast.

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