Recently, the Philadelphia 76ers received some good news as the agent for Markelle Fultz told ESPN that the second-year guard would return this season after he was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome earlier this month. He has not played since November 21.
Fultz has been rehabbing his injury in Los Angeles, and the 20-year-old guard recently joined the team in Philadelphia on Christmas Eve, but at this point, there is no timetable for his return, which was expected to be 3-to-6 weeks. Fultz will return to Los Angeles to finish up his rehab, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 2017 number one overall pick has struggled with his shot since entering the league, and at this point according to Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, Fultz has been a bust.
“I hate to be the one to say this, but he’s been a bust for them,” Pippen recently said on ESPN’s The Jump. “It’s very obvious now that he’s not the player that they drafted. They realize that, and I’m sure they are not finding any takers for him, so I do think that this is the last of this young man that we will see probably in a Sixers uniform. I don’t know if they will have to eat his contract or what, but right now, his future just doesn’t look good. To be the top pick in the draft, and just not able to bring anything, no value to the game at all. I feel sorry for the young man, to be honest.”
I do think Fultz will play again for the 76ers. The team has invested too much into him to give up on him now. While I respect Pippen’s opinion, I think it’s way too early to call Fultz a bust. He’s been playing with an injured shoulder. Therefore, until he gets healthy, the jury is still out what Markelle Fultz will be as a player.
Kevin Durant was cooking yesterday as he scored 38 pts, including 20 points in the 1st half as the Warriors dominated the Pelicans 118-92 in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series on Sunday. Warriors lead the series 3-1.
After the game, Durant’s teammate Andre Iguodala compared Durant to Jordan, and himself to Scottie Pippen.
Take a listen:
Iguodala game is similar to Pippen’s game, but he is not on Pip’s level. In terms of Durant, he can score the ball, but he’s not Jordan.
Over the past few months, we have been hearing a lot of players, writers, and fans give their take on the argument of who’s better, Michael Jordan or LeBron James?
Last month, Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas said on NBA TV that he thought LeBron was better than Jordan, but yesterday, another Hall of Famer disagreed.
Jordan’s former teammate and Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen is rolling with Jordan. Pippen went as far as to accuse Thomas of ‘hating’ on Jordan.
“You know what, I find that comment there just hating. I’ve never seen this guy embrace or thank Michael Jordan for what he did for our game, done for our league. Done for all the kids out here in terms of basketball,”Pippen said on ESPN’s The Jump
“Michael Jordan was the greatest to ever put on shoes and play in our game. No doubt about it.”
Pippen has flip-flopped over the years on this argument, but I guess he is Team Jordan, for now.
Listen to all that Pippen had to say below:
As reported numerous times, Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving has requested a trade. Irving reportedly wants to be a number one guy elsewhere. In addition, we don’t know what LeBron James might do next summer(James can become a free agent).
Because of the uncertainty with James, and Irving’s desire to have a bigger role, Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen thinks what Irving is doing is not a bad thing. Pippen had this to say on Friday’s edition of ESPN’s The Jump.
“I am a very strong supporter of what he’s doing because I’ve watched what has happened to him in his career and how things went for him in Cleveland, and I think he’s at a superstar level now that he can control his own destiny,” Pippen said.
Pippen thinks Kyrie might be trying to get out of Cleveland before LeBron does:
“I think it’s the perfect timing. Cleveland didn’t win a championship, they were right there, but there’s been a lot of things going on within that organization. LeBron (James) doesn’t give those guys the security that they need, that ‘the superstar is gonna be there and he’s gonna support us.’ And I see Kyrie looking at the opportunity to run before LeBron runs, because there’s a lot of chatter out there that LeBron’s coming to play with the Lakers,” Pippen said.
You can’t argue with what Kyrie is doing. Who knows what LeBron is going to do next summer. However, I don’t think Irving is a superstar. Furthermore, I don’t know if a team led by Irving is good enough to win NBA titles. Just like I don’t think Pippen was good enough to win titles without Jordan.
Some players are meant to the number one guys, and some players are meant to be number two guys. Irving and Pippen are number two guys!