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J.J. Redick hits out at "obsessive" focus on Markelle Fultz's recovery and shooting woes

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Philadelphia 76ers fans haven't seen rookie Markelle Fultz take to the floor since October and there's a danger that they may not see him again this season either.

In the latest update provided by general manager Bryan Colangelo, he said the 19-year-old is currently limited to shooting in the paint.

"It's within the paint, basically," Colangelo said, per ESPN. "Paint shots. Perimeter shots are where you kind of draw a line."

Fultz's continued absence with injury has been mysterious and has received huge media attention around his recovery.

There's no secret that the former Washington product is struggling with his jump shot and it has often seen reporters recording his awkward shooting during practices and before games to post on social media.

This has led to Sixers teammate J.J. Redick stepping in to defend his young rookie and hitting out at the media for their constant coverage of Fultz.

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"It is annoying, the guy's 19, he's working his ass off," Redick said, per Philly Voice's Kyle Neubeck. "I understand fans want to see his progress, but this is maybe going to be a longer process than we all hoped for. He may be back on the court soon. I don't know. That's not my thing.

"I don't get the coming in here every day to like, watch him shoot pull-up jumpers. It's a little obsessive."

During an earlier shootaround on Friday, Redick was also heard shouting at the media members in attendance: "The kid's f---ing 19, man. Holy s---. Y'all are sick."

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Fultz appeared in the opening four games of the campaign and shot just 33 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the free-throw line.

This was put down to his shoulder issues and the team decided he needed surgery to fix it, but they've remained vague on his potential return date.

It has led to intrigue and confusion about his status and the longer the 76ers give limited information, the more the media and fans will look to find out what exactly is going on with the point guard.

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Redick said he wouldn't speak for Fultz in terms of how he's handling his recovery, but he said his teammates are there to support him in any way.

"We all want to see him back on the court and enjoying what he loves to do," Redick said.

Philly fans are eager to see the talented youngster on the court but while he remains out, they'll continue to use the videos on social media to get a glimpse, even if it annoys Redick.

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