Andrew Sharp over at Sports Illustrated spent a day with De’Aaron Fox in Thousand Oaks, Ca., where Fox has spent the offseason getting ready for the NBA draft since leaving Kentucky.
After his time with Fox, Sharp put together a long list of notes and anecdotes that he took away from his day as Fox’s shadow.
Among those, Sharp writes that Fox said he went into the UCLA game to “Shut LaVar Ball up,” and that Fox has known Lonzo Ball a long time, but LaVar Ball was never an annoyance until this past year. In fact, he had never heard of LaVar until this past year.
“When I knew Lonzo in high school, I’d never seen his dad before,” Fox said. “He went crazy this year. I guess when your son a lottery pick, that gives you a lot of confidence.”
Fox added that Lonzo will be playing with a target on his back next season as a rookie, all because of his father’s loud mouth.
The Sports Illustrated piece also hits several other topics with Fox, including another one you’ll find interesting about his time at Kentucky. Fox said two things could’ve been better during his time in Lexington, one of which was the basketball facilities.
From Sharp’s account:
I’d always imagined a Kentucky basketball dorm experience that was like a college version of USA Basketball at the Olympics. Basically, living the dorm equivalent to that luxury cruise ship. But Fox corrects me when I mention it in passing.
“It’s not as good as it could be,” he says. He lists off the names of a handful of schools around the country that have upgraded facilities in the past few years. “But if Kentucky upgrades stuff, then the NCAA’s like, ‘Arrghh, you can’t have this, you can’t have that.'” [SI.com]
Read a whole lot more here.