Philadelphia guard Markelle Fultz might have left the University of Washington for the NBA after just one year, but Sixers coach Brett Brown says the No. 1 overall pick's classroom education is continuing while he is sidelined with a shoulder injury. "Really just sitting down and watching lots of film and playing sort of the Jon Gruden quarterbacks school is the analogy that makes the most sense to me, that might make sense to everybody here," Brown said before the Sixers' 105-98 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Gruden is the former NFL coach and current Monday Night Football analyst who has a popular segment on ESPN in which he invites some of the top college quarterbacks entering the NFL draft to ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, for a skull session. Brown -- who has had to find ways to engage several of his team's top picks the past several seasons, as Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Ben Simmons all missed extended periods because of injury -- sees the film study as a chance for Fultz to improve his mind while his body keeps him off the court. "It's like, 'What do you see? What do you think? Why do you think that?' And you treat it like it's a college classroom," Brown said. "Then you get him on the court, and you do things that can improve his skill but not beat up on his shoulder." The Sixers announced Saturday that Fultz, who has been out since late October because of soreness in his right shoulder and a scapular muscle imbalance, is no longer experiencing shoulder pain and will be evaluated in three weeks.
Brett Brown: I treat film study with Markelle Fultz like a 'college classroom'
ESPN | Dec 10