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Magic’s Markelle Fultz describes what his injury felt like

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After dealing with shoulder pain and shooting form issues for over a year, Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz finally learned that he was suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, which is a condition in which there is compression of the nerves, arteries, or veins in the passageway from the lower neck to the armpit.

Fultz, who remains without an official timetable for return, had his introductory press conference with the Magic on Thursday, and he detailed some of the issues his condition was causing:

“It’s hard to lift up your arms,” Fultz said, per Magic insider David Baumann. (You) get tingling in your fingers. Numbness. It’s tough to describe. You know something’s wrong and you try to figure it out. If you talk to anyone with TOS, you know it changes your life dramatically.”

Orlando traded a future first-round and second-round pick, along with Jonathon Simmons, to acquire Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers at Thursday’s deadline.

Fultz’s recovery is on the right track, but Magic president Jeff Weltman says the team won’t rush the process:

“We’re going to do it right,” Weltman told the Orlando Sentinel. “We are not going to do it fast. We look forward to getting him in here, getting our arms around him, [and] understanding everything that he’s dealing with. Getting him through that, it’s our job organizationally, from the performance directors to the coaches to all of us to put him in a position to succeed. And however long that takes, that’s how long it’ll take.”

Fultz, now 20 years of age, hasn’t played since Nov. 19, but the Magic are happy to have him on the team:

“His size, his skill level, his vision, his competitiveness. This guy has the whole package,” Weltman said during a press conference at halftime of Thursday’s game against the Timberwolves.

“To have the physical profile of a Fultz, that big, strapping guard who can blow by you and attack the rim and can just pressure on you in all ways is something we’re all just looking for,” Weltman added. “Those are the guys who can dominate games these days.”

Hopefully, Fultz will be back in action sooner rather than later. For now, though, he’ll continue to work towards rehabilitation.