Phil Jackson Made Dennis Smith Jr. Eat Octopus On A Pre-Draft Visit

August 14, 2017 at 7:42 am by Terez in Phil Jackson

Towards the end of his tenure, Jackson tried to do something a little unusual. He wanted to expand the palate of NC State guard Dennis Smith Jr. During a pre-draft visit, Jackson and Smith went to grab a bite to eat, and Smith told the New York Daily News about a weird moment between the two. “We went out to some restaurant and they had me eat some octopus, like an actual octopus tentacle,” Smith Jr. told 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.” That’s not very Zen of Phil. This could scar a kid for life.-TO