Bleacher Report Article States that “The Entire City of Philadelphia” Hated Markelle Fultz

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What keeps Markelle Fultz going” is the name of a story currently appearing on Bleacher Report.

Interested in the topic, I clicked on the link, only to find a bunch of nonsense right off the top, in piece that begins like this:

Some mornings, Markelle Fultz would lie in his bed and just think. Think, think, think. He couldn’t help it. The thoughts would swarm his mind as he tried to swat each one away.

Am I ever going to play basketball again?

“I didn’t want to wake up, go to workouts,” Fultz says. “I just wanted to lie there and sleep.”

Sleep would provide a temporary escape from the gnawing reality that he could not lift his arms above his head, he could not shoot jump shots, he could not stop the entire city of Philadelphia from hating him, and he could not for the life of him figure out what was wrong with his shoulder.

The part in bold is total nonsense.

This fan base gave Markelle Fultz all the support in the world when he first started playing for the Sixers. I was in the building when he was cheered simply for attempting a three point shot. Philly wanted Markelle to succeed, they stuck with him through a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, and then a significant portion of people decided to give up when he ultimately exited the lineup in November of 2018.

Yeah, there was a lot of scrutiny surrounding Markelle and his hitch, his wonky shot and baffling start to NBA life.  There were tense moments between reporters and portions of the fan base that felt like we were being too harsh on him, which was a weird time period back then. You probably remember the video clip of Markelle staring straight forward and refusing to answer basic questions about what happened to his shoulder, and all of that crapola only made the situation even more strenuous. But the overarching theme was in-person support, and despite all of the shit that was said about him on Twitter and in the media, he was certainly backed by the vast majority of people actually watching him play at the Wells Fargo Center.

Carry on.

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12 Responses

  1. He is going to have an Evan Turner career, that’s how it goes should have picked Tatum but nosferatu collar fucked up.

    1. Tatum was never an option. If Boston thought the Sixers were going to take Tatum they never would have traded picks. The Sixers were always going to end up with Fultz, especially since everyone knew Ball was LA’s choice. The only question is why the Sixers gave up so much for something that was inevitable.

  2. 1 out of every 10-15 games he’ll have a decent game and everyone wants to make it out like the Sixers screwed up getting rid of him. He’s still a bust. They screwed up trading up and drafting him in the first place, not trading him.

  3. I hate Simmons way more than this guy.

    At least Markelle has the stones to keep shooting and keep working.

    Hey – if you need a weak side rebound when everybody else is heading up court – Ben is your man. Stat stuffer.

      1. Try to keep up. I have more respect for what Markelle has done than what Ben hasn’t done.

        If you like Ben’s game – have fun with that.

        We will be running coaches out of town as long as this guy never drops his sack.

        1. You have more respect for what Markelle has done? He faked an injury after getting benched for TJ McConnell and then, after forcing a trade, blamed the organization which had given him unlimited support. But you’re upset that Ben won’t shoot a jump shot while he puts up 17/8/8 and plays all league defense? Like I said, you’re an idiot.

          1. Correct. I have more respect for Markelle than Ben. Markelle worked through his issues. Ben still has the same issues he had in high school.

            Maybe if Ben ever drops a sack I can respect him. In the meantime he may be the most heartless player this town has ever seen.

            Maybe you are getting talent and sack confused. Ben has more talent but never has seen his sack.

  4. This queen has the personality of a 13 year old girl. I saw him at Woody’s every night. ( I was doing research for a book)

  5. What was the point of that rant? Might have been the stupidest thing I ever wasted 3 minutes of my life reading. Worthless.

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