It was the matchup most basketball fans had been waiting for.
The first professional meeting between Top 5 draft picks Lonzo Ball and De'Aaron Fox.
It was supposed to happen on Monday, July 10 during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League.
Except Ball never suited up, citing a groin injury as reason for not playing in the game between the Lakers and Kings.
Speculation began that Ball was trying to avoid playing Fox, who scored 39 points on the UCLA star during their one meeting in college.
Nearly a week later, Lonzo's controversial father LaVar was asked if Lonzo was ducking Fox while appearing on Fox Sports Radio and he didn't hold back.
"Duck De'Aaron Fox? Have you heard about De'Aaron Fox? Hell nah. You can't hear about him unless he puts my boy's name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain't nobody been talking about him. So he and his dad gotta link themselves to us to be relevant. De'Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don't put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him," LaVar said on Sunday.
After a brief pause, the elder Ball took another shot at Fox.
"And the little white guy, what's his name, [Lakers guard Alex] Caruso, gave him a tailwhipping. Let's put that one out there. That boy outplayed him all day. All day," LaVar said.
While Ball sat out, Caruso scored 18 points in 30 minutes. Fox played 20 minutes and finished with 12 points, one assist and one rebound.
SACRAMENTO The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that the team has requested waivers on guards David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn.
Stockton appeared in two contests for Sacramento during the preseason, averaging 11.5 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3pt, 2-4 FT) and 5.0 assists in 16.3 minutes per game, including a game-high 23 points to accompany three rebounds, eight assists and two steals off the bench at Golden State (10/13).
Jones played in five exhibition games, posting 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per contest.
Hearn appeared in one preseason game.
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The Sacramento Kings traveled the 90 minutes down highway 80 to face off with the Championship Golden State Warriors Friday evening. Missing three of their rotational guards, the Kings fought hard, but couldn’t stay with their closest geographical rivals late, falling to the Warriors by a final of 117-106. With the loss, Sacramento finished the preseason 1-5.
1- David Stockton, AAAA player. The Warriors couldn’t figure out who the speedy point guard was running circles around them. No, it wasn’t Frank Mason, it was former Gonzaga star and son of NBA legend John Stockton, David Stockton. Sacramento inked the undersized guard midweek and he took advantage of his opportunity. Stockton lit the Warriors up for 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting and eight assists in 28 minutes off the Kings’ bench.
2- Welcome to the competition Malachi Richardson. The second-year wing out of Syracuse has been the forgotten man in Sacramento. Against the Warriors, he came out confident and firing from all over the floor. Richardson finished the evening with 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting and showed some defensive prowess against Klay Thompson.
3- Who is this Papagiannis guy? After looking completely uncomfortable in limited playing time, Papagiannis looked like someone fed him a Red Bull in pregame. The 7-footer was all over the floor, even banking in a 3-pointer in the first half. He finished the night with 13 points, seven rebounds and a block in 23 minutes of action. He’s showing signs of improvement as the preseason comes to a close.
4- An aggressive Skal Labissiere is a good Skal Labissiere. Starting in place of Zach Randolph, the second-year big looked comfortable from the opening tip. If this is the Labissiere that shows up in the regular season, the Kings are going to have quite a few interesting nights. Labissiere posted nine points, eight rebounds and four assists as the Kings kept the Warriors within striking distance for much of the game.
5- There is no quit in Frank Mason. The season is just a few days away and Mason continues to make his case for a spot in the rotation. With George Hill’s status in question, Mason has proven that he is ready for game action. Sacramento wanted Mason bad during draft season and now fans are seeing why. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and there hasn’t been a moment too big.