So was Cousins dismayed at his team selecting a player being tabbed to take his job? If that happened, though, it wouldn’t figure to be for a while, given that Papagiannis is just 18, was raised in Greece and might need to spend a couple more seasons in Europe before joining the NBA.
Of course, that could be the source of Cousins’s apparent dismay. The 25-year-old big man might have been looking for more immediate help, a reasonable hope given that the Kings have never come close to a winning record during his six seasons in Sacramento.
On the other hand, some might point out that Cousins’s own moodiness has contributed to the lack of a winning culture in his locker room. He has put up terrific statistics but has also proven all too quick to suffer, and demonstrate, displeasure when events don’t proceed to his satisfaction.
Still, many draft analysts thought the Kings had reached for Papagiannis, who was expected to go no earlier than the late teens and possibly as late as the second round. So it seems more likely that Cousins was looking for the strength not to go off on his team in more explicit terms, settling instead for a noteworthy sub-tweet.