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De’Aaron Fox snubbed by Rising Stars Challenge? ‘I’m not worried about that game’

Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox celebrates after his game-winning putback against the Heat on Thursday in Miami.
Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox celebrates after his game-winning putback against the Heat on Thursday in Miami. AP

De’Aaron Fox said he’s not disappointed he wasn’t chosen to play in Rising Stars Challenge with teammates Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield.

“I don’t care,” Fox said Friday, a day after the second game-winner of his career in an 89-88 road victory over the Miami Heat. “That’s vacation. Wasn’t trying to go to L.A. anyways.”

The showcase for first- and second-year players is Feb. 16 in Los Angeles and is the first major event of All-Star Weekend. The game pits 10 U.S.-born players against 10 international NBA players. Bogdanovic, a rookie from Serbia, and second-year guard Buddy Hield of the Bahamas are on the World Team.

Fox averages 10.5 points, ninth among rookies. He ranks fifth among rookies in assists (4.2 per game) and steals (0.95).

Fox, selected fifth overall in last year’s NBA draft, isn’t the highest pick not in the game. No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz, who has been injured most of the season, and No. 4 Josh Jackson aren’t on the roster.

It’s possible Fox could still end up at All-Star Weekend as an injury replacement. But he’s planning to enjoy his time off.

“That’s a vacay,” Fox said. “What do we have, a week off? I’m just cooling, trying to be with family. I’m not worried about that game.”

The Kings’ last game before the break is in Houston, Fox’s hometown, so he’ll have a jump start on the family time.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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