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Rival exec says De’Aaron Fox will benefit from working with Gregg Popovich due to Kings’ challenging environment

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A rival executive believes Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox will benefit immensely from working with Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich due to the Kings’ challenging environment.

The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006 and have been a walking disaster since then. Although things in Sacramento appear to be getting better, outsiders still question if the Kings will properly develop Fox since the franchise has a history of poor player development.

Via Ben Golliver of The Washington Post:

To overcome their market disadvantages and return to the postseason, the Kings are counting on Fox to be their long-awaited culture-changer. Yet Sacramento’s challenging environment is precisely why one rival executive stressed that Fox should benefit from his time with USAB Coach Gregg Popovich and his staff.

“[Fox] is a great player and great kid,” the executive said. “Structure, discipline and competition are exactly what he needs.”

The Kings hired Luke Walton this summer as their new head coach. De’Aaron Fox says he’s had a few conversations with Walton this summer and the former Los Angeles Lakers coach challenged him to make the Team USA roster which will compete at the FIBA World Cup in China.

Nothing, though, can replace quality time with Gregg Popovich, who is one of the brightest basketball minds on the planet. Fox has been a sponge around Popovich and the Kings have to be thrilled their point guard is learning from one of the best to ever teach basketball.