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Kings’ De’Aaron Fox receives backlash for backing out after Team USA’s FIBA World Cup losses

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After Team USA’s losses in the FIBA World Cup, Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox — who backed out days before the tournament — has received some backlash.

Speaking on The Jump, Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan and Richard Jefferson briefly spoke about Fox’s last-minute pullout from Team USA. As transcribed by Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee:

“I wonder what De’Aaron Fox was saving himself for,” Elhassan said.

Just like the rest of us, Nichols has no real clue of what happened. Fox suddenly pulled out of the team and didn’t give a reason as to why he came up with the decision.

“I would like to hear that story,” Nichols said, “because I don’t think we have a clear picture yet of why those guys – certainly De’Aaron Fox – I don’t know why that happened. I haven’t gotten a good explanation yet.”

Jefferson, meanwhile, wondered if Fox will have the chance to play for Team USA ever again.

Jefferson then asked: “Will De’Aaron Fox ever be able to play for the USA team?”

“No, not as long as Jerry Colangelo is in charge,” Elhassan said.

Overall, it was a disappointing campaign for the Americans. Right from the get-go, after a series of pullouts from its superstars, critics quickly dismissed their chances at claiming the gold. It’s unclear why they singled out Fox. But be as it may, Team USA needs to come up strong in the next international tourney.