Kenny Smith Rumors
Spruell’s work has led to the launch of new initiatives aimed at improving officiating, which the NBA will formally announce on Thursday. The league has created an Officiating Advisory Council that will include former NBA player and coach Doug Collins; retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of USA Basketball and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Arne Duncan, the former U.S. Education Secretary; ex-referee Steve Javie; and Kenny Smith, a TNT analyst and former NBA player. Together, they will help determine the future of NBA officiating.
Kenny Smith says George Karl will suffer consequences & repercussions for his verbal assault on Carmelo Anthony & Kenyon Martin … never being trusted in NBA circles again. We got Kenny out at LAX and asked him about Karl’s thoughts on his two former players … thoughts that include him saying the guys had character issues because they lacked fathers in their lives.
It easily could have escaped the attention of a casual viewer, but it did not escape the attention of Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and the rest of the NBA on TNT, who took some time aside after the game to make some jokes at the expense of the man, his tan and his mustache, dubbing him “Really Tan Portland Ken.” “Really Tan Portland Ken” is actually Ron Sloy, who lives in the west hills and runs a financial advising firm in Portland. There was some irony in the broadcaster’s choice to lampoon him, Sloy told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “It’s a very small world,” Sloy said. “I’ve actually met Kenny, Shaq and Charles.”
“All three guys are class acts,” Sloy said. “I was surprised that Shaq didn’t recognize me.” As for the ribbing, Sloy took it all in stride and even commended Barkley on questioning the source of his amber hue. “Charles is absolutely right, the tan doesn’t come from Portland,” Sloy said. “I just returned from Palm Desert to attend the season opener.”
Sirius XM NBA: Jason Terry: “My coaching philosophy and strategies will be way more in depth and better than @Kenny Smith” #JetOnJetCrime
In the last 25 years, there have been four Game 7s in the Finals—and Crawford worked three of them. He has officiated some of the greatest players to grace the court—from Dr. J to Magic and Bird, Jordan and Malone, Shaq and Kobe, LeBron and Wade and Curry. He cherished the Game 7s—“the pinnacle of what you do”—and listed his first playoff games as his most memorable. But when pressed for favorite moments—A 60-point game? A Jordan masterpiece?—Crawford demurs. Crawford: That’s one of your regrets, is that you don’t get to enjoy that stuff. Because you’re trying to get the plays right. I had the game with Ray Allen, Game 6 [of the 2013 Finals], where they say that’s the greatest. And I think I have the game where Kenny Smith hits the seven threes [Game 1 of the 1995 Finals]. And then I have the game where Reggie Miller scores the points against the Knicks [eight points in nine seconds, in Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals]. And then Reggie, years later, he says, “Did you think I committed an offensive foul on the push-off?” I said, “If I did, I would have called it!”
The former Rockets point guard discussed his interview with Houston during TNT’s pregame show Monday prior to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. “Some of the information is sensitive … but we met,” Smith said. “Then after we met, I had great talks with (team owner) Les Alexander afterwards for a couple of days. We corresponded. “The Rockets have a philosophy of what they think their coach should be. Right now, I’m here and it looks like I’m going to be here. And that’s great.”