Knicks news: Kenny Smith set to be interviewed for potential gig in New York
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Kenny Smith interviewing for Knicks head coaching job

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Former NBA player and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith will be interviewed for the head coaching job for the New York Knicks.

According to ESPN, a source close to analyst Stephen A. Smith said that the former champion with the Houston Rockets will be interviewed for the coaching job on Friday.

Smith played 13 seasons in the NBA for several teams including the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and the Denver Nuggets. He’s most known with his stint with the Rockets where he was a critical part of their championship run in the mid-90s.

Smith works as an analyst together with Ernie Johnson Jr., Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O’Neal on “Inside the NBA.” He has never coached in the NBA.

The Knicks are currently in search for a new head coach after letting go of Jeff Hornacek who helmed the team for two years and finished with records of 31-51 and 29-53, respectively.

Earlier, several rumors revealed that the Knicks are looking at a number of coaches to replace Hornacek. Some favorites include Marc Jackson, David Blatt, Jerry Stackhouse, and David Fizdale.

In the event that Smith lands the coaching post, he’ll be part of the short list of people who went straight to being a head coach without prior experience.

Among them are Jason Kidd, Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Magic Johnson, Kiki Vandeweghe, Dan Issel, Isiah Thomas, and Steve Kerr.

Among the aforementioned players, only Nelson, Wilkens, and Kerr had (‘has’ for Kerr) stellar NBA coaching careers. Nelson finished his career with 1,335 wins, Wilkens finished his with 1,332. Meanwhile, Kerr has two championships in three years with the Golden State Warriors.