A little over a year ago, a group of physicists posited - and weren’t the first to do so - that time isn’t real. Basically they argued that the concept of time is “an illusion made up of human memories,” and since linear time doesn’t truly exist, “everything that has ever been and ever will be is happening RIGHT NOW.” So in a sense, Markelle Fultz is already back. In the reality we have constructed based around the linear passage of time, however, he’s not.
The Sixers released a medical update on Fultz today in which they did not give a timeline for his return (because, as I have noted, time is not even real anyway). What they did say, is that Fultz has been “cleared to begin the final stage of his return-to-play program,” which includes a “gradual re-integration into team practices and training [and] additional conditioning work to support fitness readiness for gameplay.” I don’t know how many stages of his return-to-play program there were, but final is good. Or at least it would be, if time was actually real.
Again, pretending it is, many of us likely expected to hear that Fultz would be back, or getting ready to be back, or being re-evaluated in “2-3 weeks.” Why? Because it’s what we heard in various stages of the process:
November 19th: Fultz taking part in "progressive basketball training and practices" in next 2-3 weeks.— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) January 2, 2018
Dec 9th: Imbalance gone, readiness gauged in 2-3 weeks.
Dec 28: Report: only shooting so far. Team activities soon.
Jan 2nd: "gradual re-integration into team practices."
Okay fine, you want visible progress? Here’s Markelle Fultz actually shooting a basketball:
Fultz with a short pull up. Looks more like UW form. pic.twitter.com/rLHl9iHdlt— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) January 2, 2018
There he is, he’s this year’s number one overall pick, and he’s actually playing basketball. Wild. But then again, he’s actually been playing all along, our minds just can’t escape the limited outlook on the passage of time to experience it.