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Mavs news: Dennis Smith Jr. says Phil Jackson had him eat octopus tentacles during pre-draft meeting

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Apparently, there could have been a multitude of reasons the New York Knicks decided to skip out on drafting Dennis Smith Jr. this year in the draft. 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 it turns out, Smith Jr. simply was not open to the aquatic cuisine presented by Phil Jackson during the pre-draft process.

“We went out to some restaurant and they had me eat some octopus, like an actual octopus tentacle,” Smith Jr. said to the Daily News. “First time ever. I wasn’t going to try it, honestly. They kind of put the pressure on me to do it.”

This type of dietary option was a bold choice from the Knicks to present to Smith Jr. Maybe they are just passionate about their tentacled supper options and hoped their potential eighth pick was intrigued. Maybe this is why Smith Jr. was admittedly surprised with the Knick’s decision come draft night.

“I definitely thought it was possible,” Smith Jr. added. “I flew in there, I had a great meeting with them. Then the draft came and things just changed.