Team USA might have an unlikely vocal leader when it takes the floor for the FIBA World Cup in September.
The Kings had guard De’Aaron Fox wired for sound during Team USA’s first week of practice in Las Vegas.
Fox shows off some of the natural leadership qualities that helped make him the No. 5 overall draft pick by the Kings back in 2017.
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If Fox ends up earning a national team roster spot, he almost certainly won’t be the only Sacramento King who makes the trek to China. Both Harrison Barnes and Marvin Bagley III also survived the first round of cuts and remain on the roster.
The Kings aren’t the only NBA team with significant representation on Team USA, as the Boston Celtics also have three players with the national team. Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum are still competing as the team’s camp shifts to Los Angeles before the first international friendly against Spain on Aug. 16.
Hold a race, the Kings did.
In Friday night’s loss to the New York Knicks, organized an adorable group of babies dressed as “Star Wars: The Mandalorian’s” Baby Yoda to crawl across the court, Sacramento did.
Not interested, the toddlers were.
Although one baby managed to make it a few feet past the starting line, reach the finish line, the babies were unable.
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Proud of them, their parents still are.
Watch the Kings next on Sunday at Chase Center against the Warriors, you can.
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De'Aaron Fox won't play Sunday against the Warriors in San Francisco, but the injured Kings point guard is close to returning.
"Right now, after talking to [the training staff], it could be as early as the Charlotte game," Fox told reporters in Sacramento before the Kings lost to the Knicks, 103-101 on Friday night. "I don't see it being as late as after Christmas, or even the Houston game right before Christmas. So right now, we're looking at between the Charlotte game and the Memphis game."
After making the drive down to San Francisco, the Kings head out on a three-game road trip. On Tuesday, they face the Hornets, followed by the Pacers on Friday. They finish the trip with a game against the Grizzlies on Saturday, Dec. 21.
Fox has been out since Nov. 11 when he sprained his ankle during practice. The team diagnosed him with a Grade 3 ankle sprain.
In Fox's absence, the Kings have gone 8-8, including Friday's fall to the lowly Knicks.
Offseason acquisition Cory Joseph has started every game since Fox got hurt and is averaging 5.7 points and 4.9 assists in 15 contests. Once Fox returns to the starting lineup, Joseph will move back to his bench role and lead the second unit.
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When Fox returns, the Kings will be fully healthy and should be poised to go on a run.