De'Aaron Fox

Watch Kings star De'Aaron Fox sink TV host Jimmy Kimmel on first shot

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Watch Kings star De'Aaron Fox sink TV host Jimmy Kimmel on first shot

Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox is a budding superstar. With that comes more recognition.

So last week, the 21-year-old ventured to Los Angeles to participate in a taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

The segment with Fox was called "Sink It or Swim," in which he and Kimmel were propped up over tanks full of cold water. Each would shoot basketballs at a hoop connected to the other's dunk tank. If a shot was made, the other person would be dropped into their tank.

Before they began, Kimmel poked fun at Fox's age.

"De'Aaron, did your parents sign a waiver to allow you to do this?" Kimmel said.

"Nah, I just made the cut for this," Fox responded.

Kimmel was sure he'd win this showdown.

"I'm very confident," Kimmel said. "I even have my phone in my pocket. That's how confident I am right now."

But Fox, who shot 45.8 percent on field goals and 37.1 percent on 3-pointers this past season, ended the competition early by making his first shot and sinking Kimmel.

In the extended version of the clip posted on YouTube, Kimmel kept trying to shoot even after he had fallen into the tank. He couldn't come close to making a shot. Cousin Sal couldn't either. So, Fox himself tried to make a shot from close range on his own basket and missed the first few, prompting this funny line from Kimmel.

"Your GM just called," Kimmel joked. "He has traded you."

[RELATED: Cauley-Stein's uncertain future in Sacramento]

Eventually, Fox made a shot, dropping himself in the cold water.

Don't worry, Kings fans. Vlade Divac isn't trading his cornerstone point guard.

NBA rumors: Kings' Marvin Bagley added to USA Select Team before World Cup

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NBA rumors: Kings' Marvin Bagley added to USA Select Team before World Cup

SACRAMENTO -- Kings big man Marvin Bagley’s summer reportedly just got a little busier. USA Basketball tabbed the 20-year-old for its Select Team at an August training camp in Las Vegas ahead of September's FIBA World Cup, ESPN's Tim Bontemps reported Wednesday, citing league sources.

Bagley earned first team All-Rookie honors after posting 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in his first campaign with the Kings. He was limited to just 62 games due to left knee injuries, but the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft is considered one of the team’s long-term building blocks.

In addition to Bagley, point guard De’Aaron Fox is likely to draw interest from the Select Team as well. The speedy guard turned heads in his sophomore season in Sacramento, and is a finalist for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. Fox was also a member of the 2015-16 USA Basketball men’s Junior National Team

Bagley isn’t the only current player from the Sacramento squad to have earned recognition with the national-team program. Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein participated in the Select Team during the summer of 2016 ahead of the Rio Olympics. 

Harry Giles won gold as a prep athlete at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship and 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

[RELATED: Giles plays special role in couple's wedding plans]

A pair of former Kings even won Olympic gold while they plied their trade in Sacramento. DeMarcus Cousins spent time in the national program with both the Select Team, and won a gold medal in Rio. Basketball Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond won gold at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta while playing for the Kings as well.

It’s a tremendous opportunity for Bagley to train under NBA legend Gregg Popovich alongside some of the league's bright young stars on the Select Team, and play against some of the greatest players in the world in practices. For some players, the Select Team is a stepping stone to earning a spot in major tournaments with USA Basketball. 

What De'Aaron Fox already likes about new Kings coach Luke Walton

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What De'Aaron Fox already likes about new Kings coach Luke Walton

De'Aaron Fox said he is developing a rapport with new Kings coach Luke Walton.

"He's been great," the Sacramento guard said on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed" on Thursday. "He communicates extremely well. That's one thing he definitely does. He's not gonna yell at people or anything like that."

The 21-year-old said he has already worked out with his new coach "four or five times" this offseason. Those sessions have given Fox a better sense of the expectations Walton has for him in their first season together. 

"He's already let me know what he wants me doing on offense," Fox said on "Undisputed." "Kind of where my shots are gonna come from, and just kind of already getting me ahead of the curve of what to expect next year."

Fox took a big leap in his second NBA season, and was named a finalist for the Most Improved Player award. In his "Undisputed" interview, Fox implied the Kings playing at a faster pace had a lot to do with it. The Kings averaged about eight more possessions in 2018-19 than in Fox's rookie season. In each of the last two years, the Walton-led Los Angeles Lakers ranked in the top five in pace. 

[RELATED: Fox breaks down how Warriors' offense changes without KD]

"I already know the way that he wants to play," Fox said of Walton. "I feel like if I was able to play in that type of environment, or pace offense my first year, I think it definitely would've been a lot different from what happened."

In April, sports broadcaster Kelly Tennant accused Walton of sexually assaulting her in 2014. Those allegations currently are being jointly investigated by the Kings and the NBA.