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Team USA defends Kings’ De’Aaron Fox after being called out on ESPN show

De'Aaron Fox, Kings

A Team USA spokesman says USA Basketball is not angry with Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox.

Fox withdrew from the FIBA World Cup to focus on the upcoming Kings season. Some panelists on ESPN wondered if Fox would ever garner consideration from Team USA again after his sudden withdrawal.

It doesn’t look like that will be the case.

“Given De’Aaron was added into consideration for the World Cup team after originally being part of the USA Select Team in Las Vegas, USA Basketball understands De’Aaron’s decision,” USA Basketball communications director Craig Miller told Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee.

De’Aaron Fox was turning heads left and right for Team USA. 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 — where he doesn’t even get paid to play.