Kenny Smith interviewing for Pistons head-coaching job
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the Pistons plan to interview current TNT analyst, Kenny “The Jet” Smith for their open head-coaching job.
The Detroit Pistons plan to interview TNT analyst and former NBA champion Kenny Smith for the franchise’s head coaching job, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 30, 2018
Steve Kerr was also an analyst for TNT before he was hired to coach the Warriors, and that seemed to work out really well.
Kerr also was gifted with a lot better roster than what Smith would inherit with the Pistons, but it could still work out. Smith just isn’t a good analyst though, he also was a good NBA player during his career. The former champion point guard played for six teams during his career, with his longest tenure being with the Houston Rockets for six years.
He played in 737 games averaging 12.8 points before retiring after the 1996-97 season. Smith’s best season was during the 1990-91 year with the Rockets, where he averaged 17.7 points and 7.1 assists per game. He shot 52 percent from the field, and 36.3 percent from the 3-point distance. He also won two NBA Titles in his career with the Rockets.
Smith doesn’t have any head-coaching experience at this point, but everyone has to start somewhere. He has been a candidate for jobs in the past, but no one has pulled the trigger on him yet. It’s unclear right now how much interest the Pistons actually have in Smith.