SportingNews- At Sunday's team scrimmage, Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked if he was comfortable with the state of Fultz's shot. (Spoiler alert: Uh, not really.)
"No. No. And so we're going to get back on track," Brown said (via The Athletic's Derek Bodner). "All by himself, he pivoted out over the summer and tried to make it better and tweak it. He's in a place right now where we're going to try to remind him of where his shot was, and try to bring that back into more of a tighter shot."
Brown then tried to quell any concerns Monday by brushing it off as a "young guy that's trying to come into the league and make improvements."
Good news? The first overall pick in the NBA draft didn't get complacent or rest on his laurels, and worked to improve himself in the offseason.
Bad news? He didn't.
I guess we shouldn't be too surprised that a 19 year old - when left to his own devices - managed to utilize those devices in a way that was only slightly less detrimental than a child trying to make toast while taking a bath. When you really think about, Markelle Fultz is right around the high end of the age range in which you'd expect a kid to get scolded for "just trying to help". He probably stood about as good of a chance at correcting his own shooting stroke as he did of cooking the family dinner without setting off a fire alarm, but the attempt - in and of itself - is still commendable, regardless of the result.
Now, I'm not sure why he thought studying the free throw shooting of Shaquille O'Neal and DeAndre Jordan would be beneficial to his game, but I imagine the fact that he did had Sixers' coach Brett Brown stepping outside to get some air before saying something that he would Iive to regret.
I mean, good grief, is that an ugly shot. We better not let the ghost of James Naismith get a glimpse of a release more hesitant than that of Chris Foerster having unprotected sex with his stripper sidepiece, or he'll haunt the NBA worse than CTE is haunting the NFL. That overly cautious form honestly has the aesthetic appeal of tossing a 'Spalding' to your drunk Uncle on Thanksgiving and saying "make this shot or you're not getting any leftovers". So while I'm not entirely surprised that a teenager failed in trying to fix something without supervision, I am absolutely stunned that he started shot-putting his free shots off the back of the iron and said to himself "there, perfect".