This just in from the Sixers’:
Fultz is no longer experiencing soreness in his right shoulder and the scapular muscle imbalance is resolved. He will continue ongoing physical therapy and maintenance, while participating in increased strength and conditioning training and elevated on-court basketball activities. The 76ers medical team, in coordination with Dr. Ben Kibler, will gauge his readiness in approximately three weeks.
We’re past “no structural damage,” clear into “no soreness” and a resolved “muscle imbalance.” And yet, mid-January looks like the earliest we could see Markelle Fultz anyway. That makes sense. Well, for most teams this wouldn’t make sense at all. But here, this is just how things happen.