Dennis Smith Jr. Says the Knicks Pressured Him to Eat Octopus

Dennis Smith says Phil Jackson had him eat octopus tentacle during pre-draft meeting

Phil Jackson made Dennis Smith Jr. eat an octopus tentacle in pre-draft meeting

Teams sometimes hit draft prospects with offbeat, non-basketball related questions in hopes of better understanding the player. It was reported that the one-and-done NC State product had trouble releasing his medical records to the Knicks organization, but that was not the only factor leading the Knicks to opt for Frank Ntilikina with their eight overall selection.

As his last significant act as New York Knicks team president, Phil Jackson selected Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick in June's National Basketball Association draft instead of Dennis Smith Jr. So the Knicks, who owned the No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft, arranged a meeting with the North Carolina State product in NY.

"We went out to some restaurant, and they had me eat some octopus, like an actual octopus tentacle", Smith said.

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However, this is not the first time Monk has expressed his surprise about NY passing on him in the draft.

As for the Knicks, forcing a 19-year-old to eat tentacles just goes to show why Phil Jackson wasn't working in NY.

There will often be stories about odd questions that teams ask around the draft, but Dennis Smith Jr.'s tale might be the first instance of hearing about a team making a potential draft pick eat a certain type of food. "They kind of put the pressure on me to do it".

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