Kings guard De'Aaron Fox departed Team USA somewhat unexpectedly ahead of the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The Americans certainly could have used him, as made obvious from their seventh-place finish, but Fox thought it better to prepare for the upcoming NBA season.

He got right to work, apparently.

According to The New York Times' Marc Stein, Fox attended a multi-day, invite-only camp hosted by Kobe Bryant in mid-August, which included numerous NBA stars.

In fact, Fox wasn't the only King in attendance at Bryant's camp, as Buddy Hield joined him.

Fox took a massive leap from his rookie to sophomore season, increasing his scoring average by more than five points per contest. He appeared in 81 of 82 games last season (all starts) and led Sacramento to its highest win total in more than a decade. The Kings beefed up their roster by signing the likes of Trevor Ariza, Dewayne Dedmon and Cory Joseph in free agency, but Fox remains the lead dog, and they'll only go as far as he can take them.

 

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Fox opted to play against some of the best players in the NBA rather than some of the best from around the world. That didn't work out so well for Team USA, but it's difficult to envision it working against Sacramento.