Put aside the sensational, the perceived ill will and what everyone else wants this to be.
At the heart of the rivalry between De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball are two players, born two months apart, who have known each other since high school, understand each other and who want to beat each other because that’s the point of basketball.
“The expectations are out of this world for him,” Fox said. “I couldn’t imagine it.”
Fox went from an elite college program to a small-market NBA team where the Sacramento Kings eased him into the role of starting point guard after drafting him fifth overall. But when Fox’s teams play against Ball, the mania that follows Ball enters Fox’s...