The Philadelphia 76ers may have been dealt a blowback to The Process on Saturday after top pick Markelle Fultz needed to be helped to the locker room after suffering an apparent ankle injury during the Las Vegas Summer League.
The 76ers’ No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz left the game with an ankle injury on Saturday night. It left everyone thinking, “Oh no, not again,” including Joel Embiid.
Oh no no no.. don't do this to us
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 9, 2017
Here’s how it happened:
#1 pick Markelle Fultz helped off the court after not being able to put weight on his ankle/foot pic.twitter.com/mfxIQTu6rZ
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) July 9, 2017
Oh no, Fultz just went down in pain. pic.twitter.com/VvfyPl9U3Y
— Grant Liffmann (@GLiffmann) July 9, 2017
Looked like a left ankle sprain for #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, getting helped off pic.twitter.com/aceCgUGhc5
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 9, 2017
Fortunately, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that it’s simply a sprained ankle. Nothing is broken.
Sixers GM Brian Colangelo says the doctors here diagnosed Fultz with a sprained ankle. https://t.co/1V9eNvNVIQ
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 9, 2017
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will not return with an upper lip laceration.
Markelle Fultz will not return with an ankle injury.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 9, 2017
The Sixers have had unbelievably bad luck with injuries.
Before last season, their 2016 No. 1 draft pick Ben Simmons fractured a bone in his foot at a practice in September. Two seasons ago, their 2015 No. 3 pick Jahlil Okafor tore his meniscus in March. Then, of course, their 2014 No. 3 pick Joel Embiid underwent multiple foot surgeries that forced him to miss two seasons, and Embiid ran into more injury trouble as he tore his meniscus after playing in 31 games this past season.
Key part of The Process is rookies missing their rookie year.
— Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) July 9, 2017