Brett Brown Rumors
Brown, who calls himself “a shooting coach at heart,” vows to help Fultz rediscover his shot. He plans to spend extra time with him at practice. The team has shielded Fultz from reporters since he was sidelined. “He’s a rise-up guy. He’s a live ball, off-the-dribble, rise-up guy. A Kyle Korver type, that wasn’t who he was,” Brown said. “He was a wiggly, do-what-he-wants-to-guard. So you go back and you say, ‘How can you find that again?'”
Jessica Camerato: During today’s media availability after practice, Markelle Fultz looked more effective driving the basket than pulling up for threes. Brett Brown on his shot: “It’s not where it used to be. His free throw, I think, is. But some of the longer shots and the rise ups are not.”
Derek Bodner: Brett Brown on Markelle Fultz’s shoulder: “I don’t know if we could say it’s 100%, the doctors could say that better than me, but it certainly is getting better.” Reporter: Does it need to be 100% for him to play? Brown: “I think what he needs to be is able to shoot a basketball.”
Jahlil Okafor: I just wanted to play basketball — that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. But I didn’t fit into Philly’s plans. And I totally understood why Coach couldn’t play me. They’re trying to build those guys into a playoff contender — and I wasn’t going to be there when that happened. So it didn’t make sense for them to have me in the rotation. But, man, it’s still tough. And you still want to play.
Jahlil Okafor: My instinct was to not be a distraction. To just handle the situation quietly, in the most graceful way possible. But then you hear what they’re saying about you — Jahlil is passive, or Jahlil looks checked out, or whatever — and you get into this weird position. Because now, suddenly, you’re wondering, “Hang on. Am I being too quiet?”
“We’re going to enjoy the experience as an organization, as a big family,” said Brown, who praised the Sixers’ front office for including families of players and staffers in the trip . “There will be dinners, there will be interaction. I don’t worry that people think we’re going to Disneyland and it’s a holiday, I don’t fear that at all.” Brown added the Sixers have studied how to make the most efficient use of their roughly 76 hours in the U.K., from maximizing opportunities for sleep and rest, to balancing practice time with other league-related obligations. “We’re going to enjoy it,” Brown said of the Sixers’ impending trek, “and I know we’ll manage it professionally.”