Kenny Smith Rumors

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.”
Mark Berman: Kenny Smith said it meant a lot that the Rockets reached out to him about their vacant head coaching position: “It was great. I know that I’m more than capable of managing a team, more than capable of coaching a team. I audition every night without trying to by being on television. It was great that (Rockets owner Leslie Alexander) recognized that this year. When you get a chance to talk with people at that length you get to know even more about them that I didn’t even know as a player. It was a great opportunity.”