Sacramento Kings Rumors
The USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team departs for Australia today to continue training with 13 players still in the mix for the final 12-man roster. Prior to departure, De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings) withdrew from consideration for the team.
The USA World Cup finalists roster currently includes 13 players — Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings); Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers); Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks); Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks); Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz); Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics); and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
After beating Turkey, Serbia logged its second win at the Acropolis Tournament by dominating Italy 96-64. Nikola Jokic scored 20 points in addition to Bogdan Bogdanovic’s 15. Boban Marjanovic, Marko Guduric and Nemanja Bjelica added 13 points each.
Chris Haynes: Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox will withdraw from Team USA to focus on upcoming season with goal of making playoffs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Jason Anderson: USA Basketball tells me all 14 players on the current roster will accompany the team to Australia for upcoming exhibition games. The journey continues for Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings.
Regarding the chatter of just how good this team can be, USA forward Harrison Barnes told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, “We hear the noise. It’s just about the 14 guys that we got here right now, and when we go to Australia, it’s about just us, getting better, continuing to grow closer on and off the floor, and we’ll go from there.” Barnes added that the team is “motivated more than anything to keep the gold standard going, by the teams that went before us, that went and won the World Cup, that went and won the Olympics multiple times. That’s what we’re chasing right now.”
To overcome their market disadvantages and return to the postseason, the Kings are counting on Fox to be their long-awaited culture-changer. Yet Sacramento’s challenging environment is precisely why one rival executive stressed that Fox should benefit from his time with USAB Coach Gregg Popovich and his staff. “[Fox] is a great player and great kid,” the executive said. “Structure, discipline and competition are exactly what he needs.”