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Sixers’ Brett Brown Denies Marzelle Fultz Recovery Hindered By Psychosomatic Issues,

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown is refuting a report from ESPN’s Doris Burke and Mark Jones, who broadcasted the Sixers/Thunder game on Sunday, that Brown was telling people that rookie Markelle Fultz was dealing with psychosomatic issues.

The two broadcasters said the following, via Matt Haughton of NBC Sports Philadelphia:

“Brett Brown was telling us prior to the game tonight, prior to tip, that he speaks with Fultz, he works with Fultz and there seems to be some psychosomatic issues involved with getting over the hump and getting back on the court,” Jones said. “Brown says he continues to improve and he would expect that he would play at some point this year.”

“I’m worried about the young man,” Burke added. “Nineteen years old. He clearly seems to be shaken where that jump shot is concerned. You just hope his confidence gets back where it needs to be.”

Brown wasn’t at all happy with the report and has fired back at ESPN regarding the comments.

“It was completely misquoted. There was no reference to any of that,” Brown said before Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. “I’ve spoken with ESPN this morning. They’re very apologetic.”

“Markelle Fultz’s injury has been well-documented. I have talked about this hundreds and hundreds of times. The story hasn’t wavered once. His shot has been affected by the injury. We’re trying to reclaim it. There are times when he rises up to shoot that he does feel a bite and it affects him. It’s really that simple.”

 

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Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. Guarantees He Will Be Big Contributor to Future Success

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Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. is dedicated to helping the franchise return a winning culture, and says that he is ready to put the team on his shoulders to accomplish the feat of rebuilding a winning culture.

“I’m always up for a challenge,” Carter Jr said, during an interview with Jon Greenberg of The Athletic. “I’m not afraid to fail. If I’m going to fail, I’m going to do it hard. I’m going to go hard as I can in failing. So I feel like that can be appreciated from all the coaches. I’m a hard worker, so I feel like that’s going to translate to the responsibility side of doing whatever we have to do. Put it on my shoulders and I’m going to make it happen.”

“We’re going to bring back the winning culture to Chicago,” he said. “If it’s not make the playoffs and win the championship in the first year, I guarantee it’s going to be a progressive step each year. I can promise that to all Bulls fans. I’ll take that on my shoulders.”

Carter, 19, will be the Bulls starting center as the team opens the season, as announced by head coach Fred Hoiberg.

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Cavs’ Kevin Love Taking Blame for Season Opening Loss

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ veteran forward Kevin Love is taking the blame for the Cavs’ season opening loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, showcasing his efforts to claim a leadership role with the team moving forward.

“That rhythm wasn’t there tonight,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “You could tell that game action wasn’t there for me tonight. Thought I got a lot of really, really good looks on the offensive end. On the defensive end, just our switches and closing out, just my attention to detail wasn’t there.

“I told Ty after the game, I said that’s on me and I apologize. We all have to be better and I think we know it.”

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Pacers’ Victor Oladipo Believes Team Could Be Really Special Following Win

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Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is feeling pretty confident following the team’s 111-83 season-opening victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, an impressive blowout that showcased the Pacers’ depth.

Oladipo believes the Pacers have a chance to be very special, as he discussed in the following video from FOX Sports.

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