76ers' Markelle Fultz diagnosed with nerve condition

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Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, his attorney/agent Raymond Brothers and the 76ers said Tuesday. Thoracic outlet syndrome involves compression or irritation in the thoracic outlet (area between lower neck and upper chest).

After struggling last season before missing time with a shoulder injury, the No. 1 pick in last year's draft returned from his rookie season healthy and ready to contribute for the Philadelphia 76ers. Since then, he's appeared in just 33 games, averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

"Fultz's attorney and agent, Raymond Brothers, has strong confidence that this diagnosis and rehab will address Fultz's shooting issues", Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported.

"People were saying it was a mental problem and it is not", Brothers told ESPN on Tuesday night. "Now we have the answer to that problem".

76ers' Markelle Fultz diagnosed with nerve condition

The Sixers confirmed the news through a press release, stating that Fultz has been through a "series of consultations with specialists across several disciplines". However, Wojnarowski also reports that the Sixers are hoping he's only sidelined three-to-six weeks.

Fultz's representatives informed the Sixers last month that the guard would be shut down until he had been examined by specialists.

Brothers said his client would begin his rehabilitation program in Los Angeles, not Philadelphia.

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