Kings news: De'Aaron Fox's injury caused by teammate during practice
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De’Aaron Fox’s injury caused by teammate during Kings’ practice

De’Aaron Fox, Kings

The Sacramento Kings took a major hit in their 2019-20 NBA regular season campaign on Monday when they confirmed that star guard De’Aaron Fox will be sidelined for at least 3-4 weeks due a Grade 3 ankle sprain.

Initial reports did not specify how the 21-year-old speedster sustained the injury, but ESPN’s Zach Lowe revealed that an unnamed teammate was to blame.

Although his tweet did not single out the player, Twitter users were quick to share their hilarious assumptions as to who the culprit was — from waived big man Giorgios Papagiannis to head coach Luke Walton.

The Kings are currently below .500 right now and are ranked 12th  in the Western Conference standings with a 3-6 record.

The youth-laden squad had high hopes entering this season, as Fox, Marvin Bagley, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield all made significant strides to their games last year.

However, bad fortune seems to follow the struggling franchise, as Bagley injured his thumb in the Kings’ season opener. He continues to be out of commission with no timetable set for his return.

Fox, on the other hand, has emerged as the team’s leader and best player, with averages of 18.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in the team’s first nine games.

The Kings’ streaky shooter, Hield, will have to shoulder the task of keeping the team’s season afloat, at least until Fox and Bagley returns. He’s been shooting a respectable clip of 42.4 percent from the field and 40.5 from this season, but most of those come from open looks created by Fox’s penetration.