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DeMarcus Cousins Tweet in Response to Sacramento Kings Draft Pick Is All-Time Classic
On Thursday the Sacramento Kings traded the no. 8 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft to Phoenix in exchange for the no. 13 and no. 28 picks and the rights to Serbian baller Bogdan Bogdanovic. Then they used that no. 13 pick to select 7’2″ Greek center Georgios Papagiannis.
Papagiannis is just 18 years old and has little experience, so he was expected to go late in the first round or early in the second round. So the Kings probably could have snagged him with the no. 28 pick. But no. They got him with no. 13.
How did current Kings center DeMarcus Cousins take the news? He responded with one of the greatest sports tweets of all time:
Lord give me the strength
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 24, 2016
It’s pretty hard to blame Cousins, too. The guys has had a rocky relationship with the Sacramento Kings from the very start. A lot of that is Cousins’ fault. He showed a lot of immaturity in his first few years in the league and earned himself a reputation as being a difficult player. But a LOT of it is the Kings’ fault.
Just look at the George Karl situation. That dude tried to run Cousins out of town the moment he got there in 2015, despite the fact that Cousins is obviously a generational talent. Then, after Karl’s power play failed, the Kings kept him on for another year with everybody assuming he could be fired any day.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive is a crazy person who wanted the team to play 4-on-5 defense with one guy staying at the other end of the court to cherry pick. As a result, there have been reports that the team’s minority owners are trying to find a way to muscle Ranadive out.
Oh, and the Kings also have absolutely no idea how to draft or sign good players. Last year the team traded power forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson to Philadelphia along with Nik Stauskas, the 8th overall pick in the 2014 draft. Why? Because they wanted to clear cap space to land a big free agent. But of course the Kings did not land a big free agent, because nobody wants anything to do with that sh*tshow.
Now the Kings use a no. 13 pick on a raw 18-year-old center they don’t even need.
Let’s hope the Lord does give Cousins the strength.