Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

De'Aaron Fox Withdraws From Team USA

De'Aaron Fox Withdraws From Team USA

There have been more than 50 National Basketball Association players linked to this World Cup team at some point in the previous year or so, majority dropping out of consideration on their own, citing schedule demands. He was pulled into practice with the national team from the outset of camp, and had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in the intrasquad scrimmage August 9.

Fox played a team-low six minutes in Friday night's exhibition victory over Spain in Anaheim, California. "That's what he kind of prides all his teams on". "Right now we're just focused on the guys who are here". "We're working hard to get better each and every day". Tonight we showed it. "As long as we do that, we can kind of stay on his good side". "We're going to have to do that".

Even though Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker is supposed to be the leader of Team USA, losing Fox is still a tough blow for the squad. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was Walker and Brown's teammate Jayson Tatum, who shined off the bench. He had a particularly impressive pass, threading the needle to find Kyle Kuzma for an easy lay-up. By putting pressure on defense and getting to the rim, that in turn opened up 3-pointers for the team's shooters. That play should improve as the young team gets more familiar with each other, but that will be a major concern if they stop shooting so well. According toCBS Sports, other players that have withdrawn from Team USA have been Lakers forward Anthony Davis, Rockets guards James Harden and Eric Gordon, Knicks forward Julius Randle, Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, Pelicans guard JJ Redick, Pistons center Andre Drummond and Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, among others. This leaves four spots remaining for five possible players.

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The American squad will continue World Cup preparations Aug. 19-24 in Melbourne, Australia, and play a pair of exhibition games versus Australia on Aug. 22 and Aug. 24 at Marvel Stadium.

Team USA has played in two organized scrimmages, winning both, one against the Team USA Select Team, made up on National Basketball Association players, and against Spain.

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