“I do what I’ve got to do to get the ball on the rim,” Sixers’ rookie Markelle Fultz told NBC Sports about his rough shooting start to the season, including going 6-of-12 from the free throw line this season.

The No. 1 pick in the last draft spoke to our Dan Feldman and said the problem was temporary, a condition of his shoulder injury. “At the end of the day, I know what I can do,” Fultz said. “My teammates know what I can do. My coaches know what I can do.”

However, like great athletes in all sports, he doesn’t like to discuss his injuries and would not get into details because he doesn’t want it to sound like an excuse.

So Fultz’s agent did that for him, speaking to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

“Markelle had a shoulder injury and fluid drained out of the back of his shoulder,” agent Raymond Brothers told ESPN. “He literally cannot raise up his arms to shoot the basketball. He decided to try and fight through the pain to help the team. He has a great attitude. We are committed to finding a solution to get Markelle back to 100 percent.”

The Sixers have been willing to let Fultz play through this, as Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia told me on the most recent PBT Podcast (which is Sixers focused).