Sixers unsure whether Fultz will play again this season

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:49 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 1:48 PM


            FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz dribbles during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Fultz, the top overall pick in last year's NBA draft, may not play again this season as he deals with a right shoulder injury. Fultz played the 76ers' first four games of the season but has been sidelined since. Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, before the team plays the New Orleans Pelicans that Fultz is progressing in his recovery but with uncertainty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz dribbles during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Fultz, the top overall pick in last year's NBA draft, may not play again this season as he deals with a right shoulder injury. Fultz played the 76ers' first four games of the season but has been sidelined since. Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, before the team plays the New Orleans Pelicans that Fultz is progressing in his recovery but with uncertainty. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Markelle Fultz, the top overall pick in last year's NBA draft, may not play again this season as he deals with a right shoulder injury and works on his shot.

Fultz played the 76ers' first four games of the season but has been sidelined since.

Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said Friday before the team's game against the New Orleans Pelicans that Fultz is progressing in his recovery — but with uncertainty.

"There's always a chance that he's going to be out there soon, and there's a chance that he's not going to play this year," Colangelo said. "I can't answer that question because we don't know the answer to that. Markelle's doing great. He's progressing well."

The hedging around Fultz's status comes as a surprise given that he appeared on track to return soon.

Colangelo says the team will play Fultz when he's ready, but don't have a timeline right now.

Fultz was ruled out indefinitely in October with soreness and a scapular muscle imbalance in the shoulder. The team announced Dec. 9 the soreness was gone, the imbalance had been resolved, and he was going to participate in "elevated on-court basketball activities." Then on Jan. 2, the team announced Fultz had been cleared to begin the final stage of his "return-to-play program."

As he recovers, Fultz' jumper has become an issue as videos of him struggling with his shot made rounds on social networks. He didn't appear to have problems during summer league, but at some point his shooting technique changed.

Colangelo said the injury led to a lack of muscle control and coordination.

"That's the part of this that is a little bit of an unknown for us and our medical team," said Colangelo, who added that while the cause of the injury is still unknown, it could have been due to overuse or an irregular motion.

"We don't know if it was working on the shot that led to the soreness or the soreness that led to working on the shot," Colengelo said.

Colangelo said Fultz is "literally retraining his shooting mechanics right now" but is performing well in other areas besides perimeter shooting.

Fultz averaged 6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in his four games this season.

"We are talking about a situation where someone's relearning how to shoot a basketball, and that was one of his elite skill sets," Colangelo said. "That's got to be frustrating."

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Former Kansas State coach Jim Dickey dies at 83

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

Former Kansas State football coach Jim Dickey died at the age of 83 on Saturday, according to a report from The Mercury’s Ryan Black.

Dickey coached at Kansas State from 1978-1985. He led the Wildcats to their first bowl appearance in school history — the Independence Bowl — during the 1982 season. He was named Big 8 Coach of the Year that season.

Dickey was relieved of his duties after an 0-2 start to the 1985 season for Kansas State.

Dickey posted a 24-52-2 record during his tenure as Kansas State’s coach. He also spent time as an assistant at Kansas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among other teams during his coaching career.

According to the report, Dickey had recently been living at a rest home in Houston, Texas.

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UCLA guard Aaron Holiday named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

A home sweep of the Oregon schools gave UCLA a major boost to its NCAA tournament hopes while also keeping it within reach of Arizona for the Pac-12 regular season title. Those victories wouldn’t have been possible without Aaron Holiday’s exploits over the weekend in Westwood.

So it was no surprised that the UCLA junior guard was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after averaging 23 points and 8 assists in wins over Oregon State and Oregon.

Holiday scored 17 points and a season-high 10 assists in Thursday’s 75-68 victory over Oregon State, then two nights later had 29 points on 9-of-13 shooting (with 5 three-pointers) in the Bruins’ 86-78 overtime win against Oregon.

It was Holiday’s second conference player of the week award this season, having also won the honor in late December. He leads the Pac-12 in scoring (20.9 points per game) and three-point shooting (51.2 percent) in league games.

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Report: Texas Tech ace Steven Gingery to miss rest of 2018 season with injury

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:09 PM

According to a report from Kendall Rogers of D1baseball.com, Texas Tech LHP Steven Gingery will miss the rest of the 2018 season.

Gingery tore his Ulnar Collateral Ligament and will require surgery to fix it.

In the 2017 season, Gingery went 10-1 with a 1.58 ERA, and was expected to be a massive part of the Texas Tech pitching rotation. Gingery, who hails from California, won Big 12 Pitcher of the Year as selected by the conference’s coaches for his efforts during the 2017 season.

Texas Tech is currently the No. 3 team in the nation according to NCAA.com, and holds an undefeated 4-0 record.

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WATCH: Will Wade scoffs at question about LSU basketball postseason chances

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. — Don’t ask LSU basketball coach Will Wade about the Tigers’ postseason chances.

Then again, when it comes to pure entertainment value, maybe you should.

Wade’s response when asked if he had put any thought into LSU’s status as a possible NCAA tournament team wasn’t quite as incredulous as former Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Mora when he was asked about the playoffs, but it still made for some golden video footage.

“What are you talking about, postseason?” Wade said before muttering “no” several times and punctuating it with a “Hell no.”

LSU (15-11) is a long shot for the NCAA tournament, though the Tigers would certainly play themselves into consideration by winning their final four regular-season games and another game or two in the SEC tournament. LSU is one of 17 teams in the country with 5 or more “Quadrant 1” wins this season. (Home wins against teams rated with a top-30 RPI, neutral-site wins over teams in the top 50 and road wins over teams in the top 75 all qualify as Quadrant 1 wins.)

With a win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday, LSU will assure itself of finishing .500 or better this season. When asked whether that was one of his top goals for this season, Wade reacted as if someone had asked him whether it was impressive that man once landed on the moon.

“Are you kidding me?” he stated with his voice raised an octave. “We were 10-21 last year. We lost 15 straight games. Shoot. We’ve won 6 SEC games. We won 2 [last season]! The first goal was to not have a losing season. That would be phenomenal.”

LSU hosts Vandy on Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT.

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