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De’Aaron Fox’s father defends Kings star’s decision not to play for Team USA

De'Aaron Fox, Kings

Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox’s father is defending his son’s decision not to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup.

Fox withdrew from the FIBA World Cup to focus on the upcoming Kings season. Aaron Fox says Sacramento is Fox’s first responsibility since Team USA is not paying his son to play.

De’Aaron Fox was turning heads left and right for Team USA during training camp. The Americans could have used Fox at the FIBA World Cup in China, where they finished in seventh place.

Fox put up 11.6 points and 4.4 assists as a rookie with the Kings in 2017-18. Last season, Fox averaged 17.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists, making that second-year jump Sacramento wanted to see.

Fox improved his shooting numbers, too. The Kings’ floor general shot 45.8 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from the 3-point line and 72.7 percent from the charity stripe.

The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006. Fox’s priority is with Sacramento, not Team USA. It’s unfortunate the Americans played so poorly in the FIBA World Cup, but that’s not Fox’s fault. The players on the roster just didn’t get the job done.

The Kings have a new head coach, former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton. Sacramento won 39 games last season. Let’s see if Fox can guide the franchise to the postseason in 2019-20, although it’s going to be tough since the Western Conference is going to be a bloodbath.