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February 15, 2015 Updates

SLAM: All good. We were talking about how analytics, that extra stuff, won’t trump talent but can be the difference when two teams with similar talent levels meet. CB: We never talked about analytics in the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s. It’s something they just came up with. Kenny Smith: I have to add something too, because you asked me the same question. I’ll really believe in analytics if you trade Danny Green for Chris Bosh and win a championship. When you show me that a guy that’s not obviously better than another guy makes a team better than the other guy would have. When someone says, You know, Bosh is not going to help us win but Danny Green will and we know that because of analytics. When that happens then I’ll be like, This stuff works. SLAM

SLAM: When you’re sitting here, how are you watching the games? What are the things you’re looking at or for? CB: That’s a good question. I’m watching the style of play, looking at matchups, you guys talk a lot about analytical bullshit—this game’s all about matchups. Here I’m looking at the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting way too many jump shots, and they’re playing at too slow a pace. And that’s why I think Chicago can beat them in a seven-game series. SLAM

February 12, 2015 Updates

Many have decried the former players' stance, including Barkley's "Inside The NBA" co-host Kenny Smith. The two even had a frank on-air discussion about it. Despite the backlash, Barkley has not backed down from his position, and neither did Malone on Wednesday. "Stop using the excuse about race," Malone said. "I am sick and tired that every time you turn around, that's what we dangle ... Our problem now is we do so much talking and beating things to death. Let's take ownership in ourselves ... stop waiting for someone to come in and march for us." Huffington Post

December 26, 2014 Updates

Kenny Smith shoved his Inside the NBA co-host Shaquille O’Neal into a Christmas tree during halftime of Thursday night’s holiday broadcast. My only observation or “insight” here is that it’s incredible the tree stayed upright. Shaq is a big guy and the tree appeared to be on wheels, yet it still didn’t topple all the way over. Clark Griswold would be proud. The Big Lead

December 18, 2014 Updates

Ramona Shelburne: Have heard Kings want give Ty Corbin a chance this season. But also some interesting names like Mully & Kenny Smith floating around. Twitter @ramonashelburne

September 30, 2014 Updates

Former NBA star Kenny Smith and his family will appear on a reality show on TBS in the spring. The 49-year-old Smith is a basketball analyst for Turner, TBS's parent company. The network said Tuesday it had ordered six episodes of "The Smiths." The show will follow Smith, his wife and five children between the ages of 2 and 20. USA Today Sports

February 16, 2014 Updates

He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and shooting .492 from the field and .412 from 3-point range. He’s also is second in the league in free throw percentage at .910. He’s on the watch list for a possible 50-40-90 season — shooting 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point land and 90 percent from the free throw line, a rare accomplishment. One of Barkley’s sidekicks does acknowledge he wasn’t expecting this sort of season out of the best European player ever in the NBA. “I’m still surprised he has some of the explosive games that he has,” said TNT analyst Kenny Smith. “Even if he’s not getting 30 or 40 points as often, it’s those 12-point bursts that he gets that help win games. “He did surprise me with this level of play, for sure.” Dallas Morning News

February 15, 2014 Updates

Barkley, now an “NBA on TNT” analyst, ripped Drummond’s Pistons during a break in action. “He’s a terrific player who’s playing with those other idiots up in Detroit. And they’re not going to win,” Barkley said. When the rest of the “NBA on TNT” panel, including Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith, questioned that statement, Barkley continued: “They’ve got some idiots on that team. They’ve got some talented players who are not going to ever get it.” Detroit Free Press

February 6, 2014 Updates
December 5, 2013 Updates

The NBA is back on SiriusXM! SiriusXM NBA Radio launches Monday, Dec. 9, on SiriusXM channel 217. Hosts on the channel will include former players and coaches, and the best analysts and play-by-play voices in the business, including Steve Kerr, Kenny Smith, Nancy Lieberman, Stacey King, Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Sam Mitchell. Sirius XM

October 21, 2013 Updates

TNT is taking its NBA pregame studio show to New York for the opening night of the season, part of a three-day celebration. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will broadcast live Oct. 29 from Flatiron Plaza, where there will be a basketball court, NBA 2K14 video game kiosks, and a large videoboard perched 30 feet above Broadway and Fifth Avenue for fans to watch the show, which will include live coverage of the Miami Heat's championship ring ceremony. Oklahoman

September 21, 2013 Updates

A new book shows the inside story of how Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson kept the Sacramento Kings in town. The book, is by the former special assistant to Johnson, who says the mayor cared about the Sacramento economy, not the team. “Kevin Johnson hates the Kings,” said author R.E. Graswich. “He still holds a grudge from 1987 when they drafted Kenny Smith one spot ahead of Kevin Johnson.” CBS Sacramento

June 15, 2013 Updates
June 10, 2013 Updates

With the Sacramento Kings continuing their general manager search, a most-unexpected candidate has been revealed: Kenny Smith. The former Kings player and TNT commentator told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday night that he has been in discussions with new owner Vivek Ranadive. Longtime general manager Geoff Petrie has been told that he will not be re-signed after his contract expires later this month, and Smith is clearly hoping to be part of the new regime. "We've been talking; we've been talking," Smith said. "That's all I'm going to say." USA Today Sports

"I've been winning my whole life," Smith said. "I've been blessed to be a winner. So whatever happens, whatever I do, I'm going to win an Emmy next year or I'm going to try to win an NBA championship or I'm going to try to win in cards. I'm a winner. I'm a winner. I've been blessed in my whole life, so I think I have a clear vision." USA Today Sports

Ranadive has been looking to have a two-tier structure of sorts, with a widely known name at the top joining forces with a respected executive in the front office. He is known to have had recent discussion with former Indiana Pacers team president Larry Bird, and fellow candidates Chris Wallace (former Memphis Grizzlies general manager), Travis Schlenk (Golden State Warriors assistant general manager), Mike Dunleavy (longtime coach and executive) and David Morway (former Pacers general manager) have interviewed for the job. The Kings have also received permission to speak with Pete D'Alessandro, the vice president of basketball operations for the Nuggets. USA Today Sports

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