Ulrich Alexander “Rick” Fox (born July 24, 1969) is a Canadian film and television actor, businessman, and retired basketball player who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004. He also played for the Boston Celtics. He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team.
Fox began his pro basketball career when he was selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (24th pick overall) of the 1991 NBA draft. As a member of the Celtics, Fox became the first rookie starter on opening night since Larry Bird in 1979 and made the 1992 NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 8 points per game. Fox played off the bench his first two seasons as the Celtics reached the playoffs for the last time in the Larry Bird era. By the 1995–1996 season, Fox had become the team’s starting small forward and achieved double figure scoring. He recorded career highs of 15.4 points a game and 2.2 steals a game (4th in the league) and made 101 three-point field goals in the 1996–1997 campaign.
In the 2001–2002 season, Fox played and started in all 82 games in the regular season and in all of the Lakers’ 19 playoff games. The Lakers faced a grueling 7 game series against the Sacramento Kings, with Fox scoring 13 points in the Lakers’ game 7 victory in Sacramento. In the 2002 NBA Finals against the New Jersey Nets, Fox averaged 9.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals as the Lakers swept the Nets in 4 games to win their third straight NBA title.
In the 2002–2003 season, Fox started in 75 of 76 games but suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of the last two games of the first round against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the entire Western Conference Semifinal series against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs defeated the Lakers 4-2. Fox missed 40 games in the 2003–2004 season due to a foot injury, but started in 34 of 38 games while active. He would only play in 3 of 16 playoff games as the Lakers advanced to the 2004 NBA Finals but lost to the Detroit Pistons in 5 games. In 56 career NBA playoff games, Fox averaged 6.1 points per game, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Following the 2003-04 season, Fox was traded back to the Celtics in a deal that brought Chucky Atkins to the Lakers, but opted to retire instead of suiting up for the Celtics.
Fox played internationally for Canada twice, at the 1990 and 1994 FIBA World Championships.
Career highlights and awards
3× NBA champion (2000–2002)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1992)
First-team All-ACC (1991)
Third-team All-ACC (1990)
Career NBA statistics
Points 8,966 (9.6 ppg)
Rebounds 3,517 (3.8 rpg)
Assists 2,649 (2.8 apg)