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Magic guard Markelle Fultz speaks out after suffering devastating ACL injury

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After suffering a season-ending ACL injury, Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz thanked his fans and shared a positive mindset as he enters the long rehabilitation process.

Via Twitter, Fultz gave a shoutout to his fans and his Magic teammates, whom he referred to as “brothers.” He also asked their supporters to “keep riding” with them.

Below is the play where Fultz tore his ACL. On his way to the hoop, Fultz went for a Euro step to avoid the defender. But even before completing the move, the 22-year-old Magic guard went down and immediately clutched his knee while grimacing in pain.

The 2020-21 NBA season had been looking like Markelle Fultz’s breakout year. He had started all eight games for the Magic and entered Tuesday’s game averaging 14.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists. Last season, Fultz played 72 games (60 starts), the most in his young career and a positive sign that he’s finally healthy after two seasons nursing a shoulder injury.

But like Fultz, his Magic teammate Terrence Ross knows that the young guard will rise up to the occasion and come back stronger.

“If anybody can handle it, it’s ‘Kelle,” Ross said, per ESPN. “He got the heart of a lion. He’s super talented. He’s always positive. I know he will be able to handle this, and we all got his back and will be here for him.

“You hate to see this, especially for a guy who had already fought through so much and came back and was balling. Now this. It is one of those things that will make him stronger and he will come back from this. I have no doubt.”

The Magic, who currently have an 6-2 record, will have their first game of the season without Fultz on Friday against the Houston Rockets.