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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Brett Brown: Arnett Moultrie's ankle is 'almost perfect,' conditioning is 'main hurdle'


Conditioning appears to be “the main hurdle” in Arnett Moultrie’s return to the court, said 76ers coach Brett Brown.

The second-year forward has yet to play this season due to a pre-training camp left ankle injury that required surgery. Moultrie’s ankle “is almost perfect,” Brown said. Getting the 6-11, 249-pounder into basketball-ready shape is the next task, though Brown added there is no timetable for Moultrie’s eventual season debut.

“He’s doing OK. He’s continuing to get in shape. That’s the main hurdle,” Brown said after Tuesday’s practice. “The ankle is almost perfect. It’s not the ankle. We’re helping him achieve some fitness goals from a conditioning standpoint to a weight standpoint, and he’s moving along. We hope to see him a heck of a lot sooner rather than later.”

Moultrie has only been practicing with his teammates for the last few weeks. His first 5-on-5 practice was Dec. 31 in Denver.

The Mississippi State product averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 47 games in his rookie season.

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