On Saturday, rookie point guard and NC State grad Dennis Smith Jr. further added to the mystery surrounding Phil through the telling of a amusing story from his pre-draft interviews with NY. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. He opted to take Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick, before Dennis Smith Jr., who was the splashier name, and could be a more promising prospect.
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. Smith is probably glad things worked out the way they did. "They kind of put the pressure on me to do it".
Octopus isn't what the teens want, Phil. According to Bondy, Smith thought he might play in Madison Square Garden. Maybe this is why Smith Jr. was admittedly surprised with the Knick's decision come draft night.
"I definitely thought it was possible", Smith said. Plus, the fact that the Mavericks' war room erupted in a "thunderous" applause when Smith Jr. was available to be drafted proves the organization is more thankful than anyone.