Fox: 'We're In A Good Place No Matter Who's Out There'
"It happened so quickly, no one saw it until we watched the film."
De'Aaron Fox spoke for the first time since his ankle injury on Thursday, revealing details about the moment he knew something was wrong.
"This wasn't like any ankle sprain I've had before," Fox admitted at the Golden 1 Center practice facility.
"My heart dropped. I've never missed time like this."
After contributing 17 points and nine assists on Friday to defeat the Atlanta Hawks, Fox returned to practice Monday before suffering the injury.
Fox, despite the injury, is looking at the positives through a difficult situation.
"You kind of look at it like a coach," continued No. 5.
"You have to see the game in different ways. Injuries aren't always a bad thing."
That was evident in Tuesday's victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, where Sacramento held their opponent to under 100 points.
Thanks to stellar team defense and five players scoring in double figures, Sactown defeated their Western Conference foes, 107-99.
With the Kings set to play the two best teams by record in the league — Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics — Fox's presence will be missed.
"Ankle sprains in the NBA happen," said head coach Luke Walton. "We're going to miss him."
Still, Walton sees this opportunity as one to be a student of the game, studying from the sidelines and learning.
"We had a long film session today. We're down bodies. We have to do a lot of our teaching on tape right now."
Fox is joined in these film sessions by Marvin Bagley III, who is recovering from a fractured thumb.
"Him and Marvin are both sitting in that film session, learning," continued Walton. "We put some new sets in today and they're both there learning."
Despite his absence, Fox expressed confidence in his teammates and coaching staff moving forward.
"I feel like we hit a corner these last five games," continued Fox. "They played well against Portland, especially defensively."
Sacramento pays a visit to Staples Center on Friday for a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.