Kenny Smith
American basketball player
Kenny Smith
Kenneth "The Jet" Smith (born March 8, 1965) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association. He currently works as a TV basketball analyst, primarily for Inside the NBA on TNT.
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Kobe Bryant's Historic Career
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
Kobe Bryant's retirement marks the end of an era in professional basketball. Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Clark Kellogg and Ernie Johnson reflect on Bryant's legacy and future with WSJ's Shelby Holliday. Photo: AP
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'Inside The NBA' Tried To Talk E-Sports And Everything Went To Hell
Huffington Post - about 1 year
#InsideTheNBA talks eSports. The commentary digressed quickly. (+ @Thooorin FTW) https://t.co/uLERnjDfXc — ELEAGUE (@EL) January 8, 2016 As part of Turner Broadcasting's attempt to bring e-sports to a wider television audience, the parent company staged a short crossover segment on Thursday night between TNT's "Inside the NBA" and their "broadcasting counterparts" (Ernie Johnson's respectful words) for Turner's newly formed ELEAGUE.  And to be blunt, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith were having none of it. But Shaquille O'Neal actually muttered "it's sports," when Johnson asked about the crew's opinion on e-sports. On the other side, Smith openly questioned whether e-sports could be considered a "real sport" before the segment shifted to some short ELEAGUE coverage, led by James Bardolph, Richard Lewis and Duncan “Thorin” Shields.   After their brief recap of the day's top ELEAGUE matches, Thorin couldn't help but slide in a little dig at Shaq -- who had just gi ...
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Ratings: TBS’ “Meet the Smiths” is Averaging 562K Viewers
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
In slotting the series on Fridays, TBS had no illusion about its “Meet the Smiths” emerging as a blockbuster. As the series approaches its final two first season episodes, the relevant question is therefore whether its modest ratings average aligns with what the network was expecting. Going into this Friday’s broadcast, “Meet the Smiths” is attracting an average of 562,000 viewers per episode. Its average adults 18-49 rating clocks in 0.21. Four episodes have aired thus far. After premiering on April 3 with a 0.22 rating and 555,000 viewers, “Smiths” followed with a 0.20 and 572,000 on April 10 and a 0.24 with 596,000 viewers on April 17. Opposite ABC’s high-profile Bruce Jenner interview, the April 24 edition then drew a series low 0.18 rating with 525,000 viewers. The fifth “Meet the Smiths” episode airs on May 1. The sixth, which is the season finale, is slated for May 8. “Meet the Smiths” centers on Kenny Smith, his wife Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith and the couple’s five ...
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Kenny Smith and his wife invite viewers to 'Meet the Smiths'
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA star Kenny Smith and his wife Gwendolyn, who works as a model on "The Price is Right," are the latest heads of a reality TV family.
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Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith rode knee scooters around studio for Georgia State coach
USA Today - almost 2 years
The two took a break from their hosting duties to "get a feel" for what Ron Hunter might be going through.           
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Kenny Smith gets mobility scooter for 50th birthday
USA Today - almost 2 years
The real gift is getting to watch Shaq ride the scooter.           
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My Dean Smith Story
Huffington Post Sports - about 2 years
We recently lost one of the great masters of basketball and life, former Tar Heel head coach Dean Smith. I don't get to meet many legends of basketball in my normal life as a philosopher, but I did get to meet him, long ago, and our interaction told me a lot about the man and his extraordinary character. It was 1985. I was a fourth year assistant professor of philosophy at Notre Dame and was jogging around an indoor track with a graduate student, talking about his dissertation. Suddenly there came Digger Phelps, Notre Dame's head basketball coach, jogging in the other direction, approaching and about to pass us. The grad student smiled, waved, and yelled, "Hi coach!" But Digger didn't even look at him as he ambled by. Twenty minutes later, we were standing in a hallway, cooling off and still talking. Down a bit, in a big hallway that intersected with our own, I was shocked to see the UNC basketball team in their Carolina Blue warm-ups walking by. I said, "What's going on? What's a ...
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Charles Barkley says Stephen Curry needs to mature into true super stardom
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
TNT’s top NBA analysts held an All-Star conference call Thursday morning, and one of the most extended debates was about the maturation process of Warriors point guard Stephen Curry. Charles Barkley granted Curry the All-Star tag, but said the fifth-year player has a way to go to become a true superstar. Here’s how the conversation played out: Kenny Smith: “From a former point guard’s perspective, I think (Curry) gets into the lane a lot more this season. Even if he primarily scores most of his points from the free-throw line and out, he’s still gets into the paint more to pass and penetrate – which I don’t think he did [...]
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TNT crew hacks Howard, Rockets after loss to Lakers
Houston Chronicle - over 3 years
The Lakers employed Hack-A-Howard on Thursday night at Toyota Center with varying results. It was within the last two minutes, when they couldn’t hack him when he didn’t have the ball without also giving the Rockets the ball, that the Lakers really benefitted from his poor free throw shooting. Chandler Parsons inexplicably threw an inbounds pass to Howard, enabling the Lakers to foul him without drawing an additional penalty. Howard missed both free throws. The Lakers’ Steve Blake hit a three-pointer to give them a 99-98 victory. But it wasn’t Howard’s free throw shooting that the TNT crew criticized. They were critical because he didn’t demand the ball more. It is true that the Rockets often looked like they did before they acquired Howard during the offseason as a free agent, with the ball sticking to James Harden while the 24 second clock was winding down. Howard had 15 points and 14 rebounds. He was five of 16 from the free throw line, but the most glaring hole in his gam ...
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The 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner A Huge Success For The Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Terry Bradshaw, James Worthy, Dave Winfield, Nick Faldo, Bob Costas, Jim Kelly, Kenny Smith and more joined forces to "Stand Up for those who can't"NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Celebrities, sports legends, corporate leaders and more joined NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and Event Chair Mark Dalton as they hosted a sold out crowd in celebration of the 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner. ...
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Greg Anthony and Clark Kellogg playing Analyst Swap at CBS
Awful Announcing - over 3 years
You don't expect major March Madness news to break in September, but CBS is making a significant change to their college basketball coverage.  In news first reported by SI and SBD, CBS is swapping roles for Clark Kellogg and Greg Anthony.  Kellogg will return to his successful role as lead studio analyst after five years in the broadcast booth.  Anthony joined CBS in the same season as a game and studio analyst and has been on set at the Final Four with the likes of Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith.  The former UNLV star will now transition to the broadcast booth full time.  Here's the confirmation from CBS's announcement this morning: "Greg Anthony has been named the lead college basketball game analyst for CBS Sports beginning with the 2013-14 season. The announcement was made today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and Harold Bryant, Executive Producer and Vice President, Production, CBS Sports. Anthony, who joined CBS Sports in 2008 as the Network’s lead ...
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Jeffrey Boxer: Boston's Lost Son
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Twenty years ago, Boston lost a son. Reggie Lewis was the captain and leader of the Boston Celtics. He was a great basketball player -- a tenacious defender with a silky jump shot. With Larry Bird and Kevin McHale retiring, Lewis was to be the bridge to the next generation of Celtic champions. Lewis was beloved in Boston because he was a different type of star. He was known as much for his smile as his rebounding. Few handled the ball like Lewis, even fewer did more for their community. He was shy, but thoughtful and genuine, a player who acted the same on the bench in high school as he did under the bright lights of the Boston Garden. The president of Northeastern University, his alma mater, called him "Superman on the basketball court and Clark Kent off it." And then he fell. Lewis fell twice, actually. The first was on April 29 against the Charlotte Hornets in the first game of the 1993 playoffs. He was on fire from the opening tip, scoring 10 points in the firs ...
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Former NBA Player Kenny Smith Lists California Pad
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
Kenny “The Jet” Smith, a former NBA player and current TV basketball analyst, has listed his Encino, Calif., home for $2.795 million.
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TNT's Kenny Smith enters Sacramento Kings' GM search
USA Today - over 3 years
Kenny Smith tells USA TODAY Sports he has talked with owner Vivek Ranadive about the job.
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N.O.R.E. Reveals Lil Wayne, Scarface Features On Student Of The Game Tracklist
MTV News - almost 4 years
By Muhammad Abdulhafith It’s been six years since N.O.R.E. released a full-length solo LP and on April 16 the super thug will mark his return with his Student of the Game album. This time Noreaga enlisted some heavy reinforcements like French Montana, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and Lil Wayne just to name a few. N.O.R.E. has already delivered “The Problem (Lawwwddd),” “Tadow” and “Built Pyramids” featuring legendary hip-hop producer Large Professor, but there is more in store. Not only has the newly-christened P.A.P.I. got an all-star lineup of rappers to help him on his journey, he also reached outside of his hip-hop and grabbed former NBA star Kenny “the Jet” Smith, NFL star Victor Cruz, and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star Scott Disick for a few skits. Throughout the album artists are sprinkled in on what looks to be some pretty stout collaborations. Weezy shows up on “She Tried,” continuing the long streak of collaborations between th ...
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Charles Barkley Goes On 'The Price Is Right'
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
By Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing Although he didn't get the week long celebration Michael Jordan did, Charles Barkley also celebrated his 50th Birthday recently. And he got something much better than a week of excessive and nauseating praise, worship, and adulation from ESPN - an appearance on The Price is Right! Barkley played a special celebrity version trying to correctly guess the price of five items, including a vintage Kenny Smith card. Barkley eventually won $300 dollars for an audience member with his guesses... He also appeared throughout the show Thursday helping a guy play Let em Roll with a chance to win a new car. Hysterically, Barkley tries to get Nazir to take the money and not risk a second roll but Nazir goes against Chuck's advice and wins the car anyway! But the highlight of Chuck's appearance was certainly his co-hosting of the Showcase Showdown. I've never quite come to terms with Drew Carey as Price is Right host since replacing ...
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Darnell L. Moore: Tongues Untied: Pro Athletes, Sexuality and Media Hype
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
From Kenneth Faried's moving video in support of his lesbian mothers to reports of Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Webber and Kenny Smith mocking Charles Barkley's "effeminate" behavior, athletes have been the focus of a lot of talk centered on LGBT inclusion and homophobia lately. Read More...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kenny Smith
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 50
    As of 2016, he ranks second in school history in total assists (768), fourth in total steals (195), and fifth in assists per game. Smith helped North Carolina to a record of 115-22 from the 1983–84 to 1986–87 seasons, including two Elite Eight appearances ('85 and '87) and a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1986. They won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season conference championships in 1984 and 1987, and tied for first in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details North Carolina never finished lower than 8th in the national polls during Smith's four years at the school.
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 40
    Smith married Gwendolyn Osborne on September 8, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details They have 2 children: Malloy Adrian Smith (b. March 26, 2008), and London Olivia Smith(b. September 29, 2012). Osborne is a model on The Price Is Right. He has two children from a previous marriage to Dawn Reavis: R&B singer Kayla Brianna Smith and KJ Smith.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2005
    Age 39
    Smith provided commentary for the MSG Network's broadcasts of New York Knicks games from 2005–08, and works as an analyst for CBS/Turner during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
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  • 2001
    Age 35
    Smith covered basketball for the 2001 Goodwill Games, and he occasionally appears on NBA TV as an analyst.
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  • 1998
    Age 32
    Smith joined Turner Sports in 1998, working as a studio analyst for end of the NBA regular season and the playoffs.
    More Details Hide Details Smith works with Ernie Johnson Jr., Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O'Neal on Inside the NBA, a winner of the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Studio Show.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1995
    Age 29
    Kenny Smith had been gradually losing playing time to Sam Cassell, but he continued to be the Rockets' starting point guard through the 1995–96 season.
    More Details Hide Details Although Smith's points, assists, steals and minutes per game declined for the fifth straight season, he was still productive in '95-96. He averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 assists per game, and shot .382 from three-point range and .821 from the free throw line. The Rockets finished fifth in the NBA Western Conference with a 48-34 record, upsetting the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round before being swept in the second round by eventual Finals runner-up Seattle SuperSonics. In game four of the series against the Lakers, Smith had 17 points, 6 assists and was 4-4 from three point range to help the Rockets win the series clincher 102-94. The win against the Lakers also marked the final NBA game for Magic Johnson, who returned to the NBA that season after a five-year absence. The Rockets released Smith after the '95-96 season, and he signed with the Detroit Pistons. He played only nine games with the Pistons before he was waived and signed by the Orlando Magic, who released Smith after only six games. Smith then signed with the Denver Nuggets, where he would remain for the rest of the season. Smith played sparingly for the playoff-bound Pistons and the Magic, but got the last meaningful playing time of his career with the Nuggets, a team that won only 21 games that season. Smith averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 assists while playing just under twenty minutes per game.
    In the first game of the 1995 Finals against the Orlando Magic, Smith had 23 points, 9 assists and made seven three-pointers, including the game-tying shot which sent the game into overtime.
    More Details Hide Details The Rockets won the game 120–118, and went on to sweep the Magic in four games.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    The Rockets won back-to-back championships in 1993–94 and 1994–95.
    More Details Hide Details From the '92-93 to '94-95 seasons, Kenny Smith averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 assists per game, with a three-point percentage of .425. In 57 playoff games during the same period, Smith had nearly identical averages of 11.6 points and 4.3 assists, shooting .456 from three-point range.
  • 1990
    Age 24
    In 1990–91 Smith averaged 17.7 points per game while leading the Rockets in assists per game (7.1) and free throw percentage (.844).
    More Details Hide Details He helped the Rockets to a 52-30 record, the best regular season in franchise history at the time. They were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. Smith finished 17th in voting for the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, just ahead of teammate Hakeem Olajuwon. Head Coach Don Chaney was fired after posting a record of only 26-26 in the 1991–92 season. He was replaced by former Rocket player Rudy Tomjanovich, who went 16-14 to close out the season, missing the playoffs by one game. The Rockets then went 55-27 in 1992–93, pushing the Phoenix Suns to seven games before losing to Seattle SuperSonics in the second round of the playoffs in seven games. Smith helped to force a game seven against Seattle by scoring 30 points, shooting 4-6 from three point range, in a Game 6 victory for Houston.
  • 1989
    Age 23
    After the 1989–90 season, Smith was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he would spend the next six seasons.
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    Smith was traded to the Atlanta Hawks midway through the 1989–90 season, where he was a reserve player for the first time in his career, averaging 7.7 points per game while only starting five of thirty-games he played for the Hawks.
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  • 1987
    Age 21
    Smith was selected as a 6'3" 170 lb point guard by the Sacramento Kings with the sixth pick of the 1987 NBA draft.
    More Details Hide Details He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team (1st Team) after averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 assists per game for the Kings. Smith began his NBA career playing for Hall of Famer Bill Russell, who was head coach for Kings until he was fired 58 games into the '87-88 season.
  • 1986
    Age 20
    Smith represented the United States in the 1986 FIBA World Championship, on a team that included players such as David Robinson, Muggsy Bogues and Steve Kerr.
    More Details Hide Details He was second on the team in scoring behind Charles Smith with 14.7 points per game. Smith scored 23 points to lead the USA to an 87-85 win and the Gold Medal over a Soviet Union team that featured Arvydas Sabonis.
    In 1986–87, the first season the NCAA added three-point field goals, Smith shot .408.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 19
    He led North Carolina to the Elite Eight in 1985, losing to eventual National Champion Villanova Wildcats.
    More Details Hide Details Smith was named a Consensus All-American (1st Team) as senior in 1987, averaging 16.9 points, 6.1 assists per game while helping North Carolina to return to the Elite Eight. Playing in a game that featured eleven future NBA players, Smith led the Tar Heels with 25 points and 7 assists but they lost to Syracuse University, 79-75. During his career at North Carolina, Smith averaged 12.9 points and 6. assists per game, while shooting .512 from the field, and .823 from the free throw line.
  • 1984
    Age 18
    Smith averaged 9.1 points and 5. assists per game, and the Tar Heels lost to the University of Indiana in the second round of the 1984 NCAA Tournament.
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  • 1983
    Age 17
    Smith was named a McDonald's All-American in 1983, then played basketball at the University of North Carolina for Dean Smith.
    More Details Hide Details Smith credits former South Carolina State star Bobby Lewis with his development as a shooter and ballhandler. Lewis averaged 30.9 points per game and was a First Team Division II All-American as a senior at South Carolina State. He later developed the Bobby Lewis Basketball Skills Development Program, a training regimen that he presented at basketball camps around the country. Smith attended several of his lectures while in high school, and continued to use Lewis's drills throughout his basketball career, and teaches them at his own basketball camps. Of Lewis, Smith said "He's the best lecturer ever. He had the best influence in terms of my workout regimen without question." Kenny Smith joined Michael Jordan as a freshman on a North Carolina team that was a Pre-season #1 and finished the season ranked #1 with a 28-3 record.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Born
    Born on March 8, 1965.
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