Although he went to high school in Bentonville, Arkansas, Malik Monk’s hometown is Lepanto, which is about 40 minutes away from Memphis. When I asked him how many family members he’s expecting at tomorrow’s game, Monk said he can’t even put a number on it.
“I really can’t even tell you. I know there’s a lot out there right now. I don’t know, I know I’m going to have a lot though.”
As we’ve seen several times in the Calipari era, some players don’t handle “homecoming” games well; when asked if having his family in the stands puts more pressure on him to perform well, Malik just laughed.
“No. It’ll make me way more comfortable. I’m just comfortable. My family is here, I know I have to play good, so I’m going to be comfortable.”
Malik Monk will have lots of family in the stands from nearby Lepanto. He says that will only make him play better pic.twitter.com/fYgSt0RzTM
– Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) March 23, 2017
Enjoy more Q&A with Monk in the video below: