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Saturday / December 15.
  • Jimmy Butler says Markelle Fultz’s shooting woes are ‘mental’

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    After being introduced as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, Jimmy Butler was asked to address the shooting woes of second-year guard Markelle Fultz, the former No. 1 pick.

    “He is a talented young player,” Butler said per NJ.com. “From what I can tell, a lot of things are mental. In this league, 90 percent is mental. If you think you can do something, you can.

    “I know some of the people who know him and they tell me how great he wants to be. So, as long as he’s going hard and giving his all every day, the guy has my respect. I just want him to go out there and play hard and be who he is and stick to his strengths. I know he’s going to thrive and be successful.”

    According to reports. Fultz and trainer Drew Hanlen have parted ways, and Fultz seems headed to the bench in Philadelphia.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.