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

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Teams sometimes hit draft prospects with offbeat, non-basketball related questions in hopes of better understanding the player. Smith is probably glad things worked out the way they did. He wanted to expand the palate of NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr.

One of them being Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks.

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

The top NBA Draft pick ate some weird food while out to dinner with the Knicks.

Smith, who was eventually passed over by the Knicks in favor of French point guard Frank Ntilikina, was taken by the Dallas Mavericks with the No. 9 overall pick and looked sensational during the Summer League - averaging 17.3 points per game.

"I wanted Malik in NY because I thought he would light it up". I wasn't going to try it, honestly. "They kind of put the pressure on me to do it". "I flew in there, I had a great meeting with them. But I'm thankful for everything that did happen", Smith Jr. told Bondy.

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