The Markelle Fultz "Nerve Damage" Conspiracy Theory
Markelle Fultz is not injured, at least not according to the 76ers.
About two weeks ago, this topic came up again in regard to the deleted Drew Hanlen tweet which suggested that the Sixers’ second-year guard was “still not healthy.”
We asked Brett Brown about that tweet after the November 6th practice session, to which he responded:
“You know, I think nobody is ever 100% healthy. To the best of my knowledge he’s healthy enough to go do what he’s doing. I only (recently) learned about the, what was it.. what do we call it? The tweet.. (Markelle) will speak for himself, but he’s been playing basketball and doing well. He’s fine.”
Brown then reiterated that there’s no “conspiracy theory” surrounding Fultz or his health.
Markelle himself had this to say about that topic:
Are you 100% healthy or close to it?
“For sure. I mean, nobody is ever 100% healthy in this game. You play five games in seven days and you get bumps and bruises. That’s life in the NBA. It’s the stuff you signed up for when you get here. But I’m working every day to get better.”
This has not stopped Twitter sleuths from forming some wild theories. One lengthy thread from last night picked up steam and suggested that Markelle is dealing with some sort of nerve damage in his shoulder.
I’ve dropped in the tweets after the jump:
The thread goes on even further than that if you wanna keep reading.
All I can say is that Fultz has been cleared by the Sixers and team doctors and there is no reported injury beyond what was described to us as the “scapular muscle imbalance” from last season. He himself said that he is “for sure” healthy when asked about the Hanlen tweet two weeks ago.
To suggest otherwise would mean that Sixers’ medical staff is totally inept, or that this is something that they feel like Markelle would be able to play through. In that case, Fultz should just tell the team, “listen, I’m not healthy.”
That’s my take. I defer all medical knowledge to the team of professionals that oversees the squad.