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De’Aaron Fox withdraws from Team USA

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Kentucky now has zero representatives on Team USA as they chase gold at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

This afternoon, Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox withdrew from the team to “focus on [the] upcoming season with [a] goal of making [the] playoffs,” per Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

Last night, Team USA took on Spain in an exhibition game, winning by a score of 90-81. In the victory, Fox played a team-low 6:11, finishing with just two points and one assist.

With Fox now gone, USA is down to 13 active players, with no former Kentucky players on the roster going into the team’s training camp and exhibition slate in Australia next week:

  • Kemba Walker
  • Jayson Tatum
  • Khris Middleton
  • Myles Turner
  • Donovan Mitchell
  • Jaylen Brown
  • Kyle Kuzma
  • Brook Lopez
  • Mason Plumlee
  • Joe Harris
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Derrick White
  • Marcus Smart

Bam Adebayo was released following the Team USA intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 9, with Anthony Davis and Julius Randle both withdrawing from the team at various points back in July. Devin Booker was also expected to be on the roster, though the former Wildcat’s agent reportedly notified Team USA director Jerry Colangelo back in May that his client would not accept an invitation, opting to focus on getting healthy and ready for the 2019-20 season instead.

Before long, Team USA will be taking open tryouts to fill roster spots prior to the official FIBA World Cup in Shanghai, China, which will take place from August 31 through September 15.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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13 Comments for De’Aaron Fox withdraws from Team USA

  1. macesmith00
    1:14 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    Mason Plumlee, lmao…that’s the weakest roster ever

  2. runningunnin.454
    1:18 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    I’m disappointed; but hopefully this phenomenon won’t be repeated in the 2020 Summer Games.

  3. BobbyBlue
    1:32 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    Seems Fox got the same treatment that Herro got at the Nike Summit game.

    • gobble gobble
      1:42 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

      Yea… fox only got 15 min, but was able to score 12, with 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. No point in putting in work and sitting on the bench… esp when you’re the best guard on the team (sorry kimba but you’re overrated af)

  4. Ridge Runner
    1:43 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    You could just tell Kamba (and as many minutes as he could get) was the choice at point guard.

    • Ridge Runner
      1:43 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

      Kemba for the spell police-but whatever..

    • 4everUKblue
      3:48 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

      Kemba says repeatedly that Fox is the fastest in the NBA.

  5. Cletis75
    2:12 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    I am proud of everyone that chooses to represent their country, but I would be lying if I said I am optimistic about this teams chances of winning gold! Popovich definitely has his work cut out for him. God bless the USA!

  6. UKFanSC
    4:34 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    He was playing well, and brought a new dimension to the team whenever he was on the court. This team is pretty flawed compared to previous USA squads. ?

  7. Duuuuuude
    5:01 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    Beginning with the dream team of pro’s that made such a big deal about competing with the best players from around the world, we have come full circle to where the game should be played by amateurs again.

  8. Looother
    5:50 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    If you can’t take it, you can’t stay…

  9. UKinIN
    10:10 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    Looks like no one wants to play for Pop or USA.

  10. bigcat68
    10:23 pm August 17, 2019 Permalink

    Popovich probably spends more time pushing his liberal agenda than he does coaching these days.