De’Aaron Fox’s plans for the All-Star break have been altered.
The Kings rookie point guard was added to Friday’s Rising Stars game in Los Angeles on the U.S. Team, replacing Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, who has missed 13 games with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Fox is the third King to be selected for the game that showcases some of the NBA’s best rookies and second-year players. Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic and second-year guard Buddy Hield are on the World Team.
“I’m giving out scouting reports,” Fox joked of playing against his teammates. “Everything that they do. It’ll be fun.”
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This is the first time the Kings have had three players in the Rising Stars game. The Philadelphia 76ers (Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons) and Lakers (Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma) also had three players selected this year.
“That’s just amazing just for how young and talented our team is, we’re able to get three guys in there,” Fox said.
The Kings hadn’t had a player in the game since Isaiah Thomas in 2013.
Fox is averaging 11.3 points and a team-high 4.3 assists this season.
Fox told The Bee last month he was not disappointed that he wasn’t selected to the game, and that he planned to vacation and relax. He was going to spend time with his family in Houston, where the Kings play Wednesday against the Rockets, before visiting in Lexington, Ky., where he played college basketball for Kentucky.
Fox said he plans to stay in Los Angeles after the game for a few days for some non-basketball activities, including some related to video gaming.
Though those weren’t his original plans, Fox was fine with changing and said he will use the weekend to vacation.
“It’s cool,” Fox said. “I wasn’t mad that I wasn’t going, but of course it’s an honor to be selected.”
Kings coach Dave Joerger said his All-Star break plans haven’t changed with a third King in the Rising Stars game.
“Of course I support my guys 100 percent,” Joerger said. “I’ll DVR it.”
Rising Stars game
- What: Exhibition during NBA All-Star Weekend featuring first- and second-year players born in the United States against foreign-born players.
- When: Friday, 6 p.m.
- Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles
- TV: TNT