The injury bug continues to bite former Kentucky players in the NBA bubble. Sacramento Kings starting point guard De’Aaron Fox sprained his left ankle during practice on Wednesday and will be reevaluated next week, meaning he could miss the club’s first exhibition game vs. the Miami Heat on July 22.
The ankle is the same one in which Fox suffered a Grade 3 sprain earlier this year, which caused him to miss 17 games; however, Kings head coach Luke Walton didn’t seem too worried about it when talking to reporters yesterday.
“I wouldn’t say there’s a level of concern at all,” Walton said, via Sactown Royalty. “Ankle sprains are a part of the game, a big part of the game of basketball, so it’s just something that you know when you start spraining your ankles you just got to pay that much more attention, dedicate that much more time in a weight room to strengthen everything around, you know, the ligaments and do everything you can to not continue to have ankle problems. But it’s something that most every NBA player goes through at some point in their career.”
The Kings have been particularly snakebitten in the bubble so far, with four players (Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, Jabari Parker, and Alex Len) testing positive for COVID-19 and Richaun Holmes being forced to quarantine for ten days after crossing the campus perimeter to pick up delivery food. When it comes to Kentucky players and the Orlando restart, Rajon Rondo fractured his thumb, Trey Lyles underwent an appendectomy, and Eric Bledsoe tested positive for COVID-19.
While Fox heals up, let’s relive his epic performance vs. Lonzo Ball and UCLA in the 2017 Sweet 16.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 16, 2020