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Six weeks later, Brandon Williams, now the Sacramento Kings‘ assistant general manager, was part of a Philadelphia 76ers contingent interviewing Fox at the NBA’s draft combine. Someone asked Fox if he had taken special pleasure in outdueling Ball.
Fox gave the polite answer, they recall: Every game mattered. But he sensed the Sixers’ brass might enjoy the real response. “But yeah,” he continued. “That s— was personal.” Everyone loved it.
Sacramento jumped from eighth to third in the lottery, then back down to fifth after Philadelphia exercised swap rights — remnants of a disastrous trade that will rob the Kings of their first-round pick this season. They invited Fox to Sacramento for a private workout. They wanted to make sure he was more than speed.
Dave Joerger, the Kings’ head coach, had staffers blindfold