De'Aaron Fox looked like a potential breakout star for Team USA Basketball at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. And then, like so many others, he decided to drop out.
The Kings point guard surprised many with his decision to leave Team USA before the World Cup began. He's still being coy about his reasoning, too.
"That's for me to know," Fox said to TMZ at Los Angeles International Airport.
Fox did make one thing clear, though. He didn't leave the team for a health reason.
"I'm completely healthy," he said.
The 21-year-old simply could have decided it was better for him to focus on the upcoming season, where he hopes to lead the Kings to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. He also might have seen the writing on the wall.
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Despite looking like a star at camp, Fox played just six minutes in Team USA's 90-81 exhibition win over Spain. Between travel with Team USA during the World Cup and the Kings' preseason tour in India, the young point might not have wanted to deal with the unnecessary wear and tear before the season.
It's too bad we won't see Fox donning the red, white and blue this year, but the good news is he's healthy and has his sights set on leading Sacramento this season.