Kenny Smith Rumors

TNT analyst Kenny Smith said he is convinced Aldridge will adjust and the Spurs will emerge as the best team in the West. “I have faith in Gregg Popovich understanding the adjustment [Aldridge will go through],” Smith said this past week on a conference call. “I think he’s a really underrated rebounder and his ability to shoot from the outside will give Tim Duncan some good looks inside. You add David West to that mix, I don’t see how they don’t win the West.”
The network announced that its hit ‘Inside the NBA on TNT’ lineup of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith will be on the air for a long time thanks to “multi-year” extensions for the group. “We truly believe Inside the NBA is among the best studio shows of all time and a large part of its success is due to the unrivaled chemistry between Ernie, Charles, Kenny and Shaquille,” said Lenny Daniels, president of Turner Sports in a statement. “We’re looking forward to continuing the creativity and pioneering spirit behind the show for a very long time.”
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Charles Barkley won’t be gone fishin’ just yet. After previously suggesting he might leave TNT at the end of his current contract, the Hall of Famer has agreed to a multiyear extension to remain as a studio analyst for “Inside the NBA.” The network announced Wednesday that all of the show’s stars had received new deals, so Barkley will keep trading barbs with fellow commentators Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal and host Ernie Johnson.