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Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander share interesting pre-draft stories

Knox was part of a bad hoax while being interviewed by NBA teams.

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The NBA Draft process can be weird, from the questions asked to the amount of workouts done.

Former Kentucky Wildcats Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander haven’t been exempt from the weirdness, as they pointed out to Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer today.

The weirdest of the stories comes from Knox, who said he was asked by a team if he had a child. He said no, but was continuously pressed about it, as if the team was accusing him of lying about not having a child.

The team eventually stopped and admitted that it was a hoax.

This was also an incident that Knox had previously addressed when he was a guest on Evan Daniels’ podcast.

That’s a pretty awful thing to do to a guy during an interview. You’d like to think adults could come up with better ways of interviewing teenagers during one of the most important times in their lives, but here we are.

Gilgeous-Alexander also spoke on his draft process, saying that he is “not allowed” to say which teams he has worked out for, which is odd considering that NBA teams are allowed to say which players they’re hosting for workouts.

Perhaps this has something to do with the Raptors, who are rumored to be considering a trade up to select Gilgeous-Alexander. That would entail a lot of moving pieces since they don’t have a first-round pick, and they may have to trade one of their stars to make such a deal happen. That would explain why Gilgeous-Alexander isn’t allowed to talk about the workout.

These two will be the first Wildcats off the board Thursday, though it’s becoming more and more unclear who will go first. Regardless of that, their former head coach John Calipari will be there to support both of them.

Draft night is always one of Calipari’s biggest nights of the year. He gets to support his former players, promote his brand and get a little face time all in one night.