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Kenny Smith continuing to interview for Detroit job

Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith

The search for the next coach of the Detroit Pistons is heating up, and it appears the final candidates are emerging rather quickly. TNT’s Kenny Smith, somehow, remains an actual option.

Marc Stein from the New York Times reports that while Dwane Casey is still the top choice for the Pistons job, there is another former player who is seriously in the fold.

Kenny Smith has made a great second career for himself as one of the voices of “Inside the NBA.” It would be odd for him to make a jump to a coaching role only because not seeing him chat about the game with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal would be somewhat of a shell shock for many NBA fans.

But Smith has been linked to many open coaching jobs in the past, so it’s no surprise that he is getting a look to possibly be at the helm of the Pistons next season. Smith, after all, is a two-time NBA champion and had a solid career as a role player in the NBA for many years.

Does that make Smith qualified for an NBA job? Well, there are coaches coaching now who have never played a single game of NBA basketball before. So there’s that to think about.

But does Smith have a chance over Dwane Casey, who just finished a season with the Toronto Raptors where the team had its best season in franchise history? That remains to be seen.

Whatever happens, Smith seems primed for a head coaching job sometime sooner rather than later.