The Kings beat the Sixers on Nov. 9 in Sacramento thanks to a game-winning shot from De’Aaron Fox, the No. 5 overall pick in last June’s draft, out of Kentucky.
That didn’t stop Sixers rookie and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz from liking a post on Twitter showing a replay of Fox’s shot.
Even though Fultz is from Maryland and Fox went to high school in Texas, the two have been friends for years. They knew each other growing up, playing AAU against each other, and both played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic in 2016 as high school stars.
即使Fultz是來自馬里蘭而Fox去就讀位於德州的高中，他們兩個已經是朋友好幾年了，他們在成長期間就知道彼此，在AAU中跟對方打球，而且都有以高中明星的身分打麥當勞明星賽跟Jordan Brand Classic(高中籃球全明星賽)
“A game is not going to tear our friendship apart,” Fox said Tuesday before the Kings played the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center. “But when we’re on the floor, it’s nothing but competing against each other.”
Fultz, who has been sidelined for most of the season with shoulder issues, has yet to face his friend in NBA action but Fox is confident that Fultz will return and be just as great as projected. He said he will be watching closely and keeping in contact.
“You definitely see what everyone else is doing and keep an eye on it,” Fox said. “I saw ‘Kelle yesterday. It’s been great, this rookie class, how close we are and we still go out and compete against each other.”
It’s not just the Kings and Sixers players who have a connection outside of facing each other.
Sixers coach Brett Brown and Kings coach Dave Joerger also have known each other for a long time and have mutual respect for each other.
76人教練Brett Brown跟國王教練Dave Joerger同時也認識彼此很長一段時間而且對彼此都相互尊重
“I don’t like him, I love him,” Joerger said Tuesday. “He’s a good dude. He’s a straight shooter. When I was in the minor leagues, I got a chance to go with the Spurs’ summer league team and he was the head coach. I got to know him.”