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Rejected: Kings’ De’Aaron Fox snubs boy with Steph Curry ball at kids basketball camp

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Go ahead and ask De’Aaron Fox why the Kings didn’t make the playoffs. Ask him why the team fired coach Dave Joerger. Ask him anything – just don’t be the kid who brings a Stephen Curry ball to his basketball camp.

Fox and his mother Lorraine, an 18-year breast cancer survivor, partnered with the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation to hold a Mother’s Day-themed basketball clinic Saturday at the Kings practice facility inside Golden 1 Center. ABC10 cameras captured candid, amusing and heartwarming moments between Fox and some of children who attended the camp.

“I think next year you guys will be able to make it to the playoffs,” one boy said to Fox.

“We better,” Fox said.

“You guys got a new coach,” another child said.

“Yeah,” Fox replied.

“Why’d you guys get him?” a boy asked.

“Why? Who you wanted us to get?” Fox asked.

“I don’t care,” the boy replied. “You guys should have kept Dave Joerger.”

Fox chuckled.

“Hey, that’s not my choice,” he said.

Fox then interacted for the first time in the video with a boy holding a Curry ball.

“Fox, why’d you guys not make the playoffs?” the boy asks.

“Hey, man, sometimes you don’t execute,” Fox said.

Later, Fox and his mother were picking teams for a pickup game. The boy with the Curry ball was the most eager to get picked by Fox.

“Here!” he cried, raising his hand high toward Fox.

“You’ve got a Steph Curry ball man,” Fox said. “That’s crazy. ... You brought the Steph Curry ball to my camp.”

“I couldn’t find my Kings ball,” the boy explained. “This is the only one that was pumped up.”

“We’ve got balls,” Fox said.

“You’ve got to tell me that in the email,” the boy replied.

This banter went on until Fox was down to his last pick. The boy, who appeared to be in his early teens, made one last plea.

“De’Aaron, come on, man,” he said. “I’ve been a longtime Kings fan for life.”

“Your life ain’t been that long,” Fox said. “That’s crazy, man. I can’t do it, man. You’ve got a Steph Curry ball.”

The boy quickly discarded the ball and said: “No, I don’t.”

Fox laughed, but it was too late for the boy with the Curry ball. Fox moved on to select another child.

Fox will hold another youth basketball camp July 23-24 at Hardwood Palace in Rocklin. More information is available at deaaronfoxcamp.com. Probably leave the Curry basketballs at home.

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