• While this likely isn’t anything to get too worked up about, DeMarcus Cousins, according to various media outlets, voiced his confusion with the direction that the Sacramento Kings took during the draft:

    Again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this story blow over, but right now this isn’t a great look for DeMarcus or the organization.  As most have already seen, Cousins sent out a tweet immediately following their selection that showed some pretty clear disappointment with the pick, although he did later say that the it was unrelated.  

    Whether you believe that or not, the organization had a clear opportunity to reach out to their star player and explain their direction following the picks.   If they are truly trying to build around him, then their picks should be explainable.  How do the players fit into the organization’s plans?  

    No matter what the answer is, the pick only makes sense if the Kings see a way to extract the value from it down the road, and I don’t see any reason to not reassure Cousins afterwords.  He has had to deal with far more difficult situations than most young NBA players ever do, so his skepticism shouldn’t be that much of a shock.  

    Their Kings’ inability to at least appease Cousins to the point where he can offer a generic response when asked about the draft is not a good thing, especially for an organization that should strive for relative anonymity after everything that’s gone on for the last few seasons.

    DeMarcus’ stance is a little more concerning.  The face of the franchise needs to be supportive of his teammates, and there’s no doubt that young players are the ones in need of the most encouragement.  Georgios Papagiannis is an especially good example because he’s just 18 years old, and he’s also living in a completely new country.  Cousins was fairly quick to compliment Malachi Richardson and Skal Labissiere:

    Cousins has been fairly quiet about Papagiannis.  No matter what he thinks of the picks, he needs to show his support for the players.  The three of them will surely be searching for guidance in their first professional seasons, and there’s no better place to get it than one of the top players in the league.

    As a young player looking to establish himself, public encouragement would be a huge boost, especially if it’s coming from arguably the best player at your position in the league.  Not only that, but his praise directed towards the other two picks, coupled with his public lack of enthusiasm surrounding the draft as a whole, paints a clear picture for Papagiannis about where the problem lies for Cousins.

    I’m sure he understands that part of it is the frustration associated with the team picking another player that plays his position, but on another level this could still be difficult to hear.  We have no idea how he’s taking the comments, but this just isn’t the best way to start a relationship with a new teammate.

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