Sixers’ Brett Brown reveals he reached out to Markelle Fultz after triple-double vs. Lakers
After being unjustly labeled as a bust after two injury-riddled seasons, Markelle Fultz is enjoying a career rebirth with the Orlando Magic in the 2019-20 NBA regular season.
The Magic ended the Los Angeles Lakers’ nine-game winning streak with a pulsating 119-118 win last Thursday, thanks in large part to the 21-year-old combo guard who tallied his first career triple-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Among those elated by Fultz’ rise this year is his former Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown, who bared that he personally reached out to the University of Washington product after tallying his best game as a pro. Per Sixers writer Rick Hoffman:
“You’re happy for him, you really are. You look at what he’s been doing, I reached out to his agents right after the Laker game and said it’s a great story. He’s good people. So from a human standpoint, with complete sincerity, you’re happy for him. It’s a journey that none of us could have imagined and good on him. Like he didn’t blink, he kept moving forward and I wish him well”.
After a spectacular one-and-done season with the Washington Huskies, Markelle Fultz was drafted by Philly first overall in the 2017 Draft. But instead of getting the all-round player who could virtually score from anywhere on the floor, the Sixers was dealt with one of the most bizarre cases in recent memory.
A nerve condition on his shoulder forced Fultz to be out for a considerable time. It appeared that the 6-foot-3 guard forgot how to shoot the basketball upon his return, and never made a mark in the Sixers’ rotation. He only appeared in 33 games for Philly in two years, averaging 7.7 points.
Now with a more prominent role in Orlando, Fultz is tallying 11.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.6 steals, and 1.3 steals in 41 games this season.