Kings’ Fox leaves Team USA prior to Australia trip
The decision comes just hours before the group was scheduled to fly to Australia for exhibition games leading up to the FIBA World Cup in China.
Fox played a team-low six minutes in Friday night’s exhibition victory over Spain in Anaheim, California. He was a strong candidate to make the roster because he’d played so well over the last two weeks in practices and scrimmages.
“He makes fast people look not fast,” Marcus Smart said of Fox’s ability earlier this week.
Fox had been moved up from the Select Team during training camp and appeared to have solidified his role as a backup to starter Kemba Walker.
During USA Basketball’s 97-78 exhibition win over the select team on Aug. 6, Fox scored 12 points and had 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in 15 minutes. He also made 6-of-9 shots, but Fox said Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich got on him for passing up shots.
ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.