Kenny Smith

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Kenny Smith
Smith hosting a NBA on TNT pregame show during the 2011 NBA Playoffs.
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Point guard
Personal information
Born (1965-03-08) March 8, 1965 (age 49)
Queens, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Career information
High school Archbishop Molloy
(Queens, New York)
College North Carolina (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro playing career 1987–1997
Career history
19871990 Sacramento Kings
1990 Atlanta Hawks
19901996 Houston Rockets
1996 Detroit Pistons
1996–1997 Orlando Magic
1997 Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 9,397 (12.8 ppg)
Rebounds 1,454 (2.0 rpg)
Assists 4,073 (5.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kenneth "Kenny" 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.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, and attended Archbishop Molloy, where he was coached by the legendary Jack Curran, the winningest coach in New York City and New York State history. Smith graduated in 1983 and then played basketball at the University of North Carolina for Dean Smith. In his young career he played for the New York Riverside Church.

Professional career[edit]

Smith was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the sixth pick of the 1987 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA from 1987 to 1997 as a member of the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and Denver Nuggets. In his professional career, Smith scored 9,397 points and recorded 4,073 assists. He won two NBA championships with the Rockets in 1994 and 1995.[1] In the first game of the 1995 Finals against the Orlando Magic, Smith made seven three-pointers, including a game-tying shot which sent the game into overtime. The Rockets won the game 120–118.[2]

Off the court[edit]

Broadcasting[edit]

Smith joined Turner Sports in 1998.[3] He has teamed 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.[4] He occasionally appears on NBA TV as an analyst. He also served a stint as an analyst for the MSG Network's broadcasts of New York Knicks games from 2005-08, and has worked as an analyst for CBS/Turner during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Personal life[edit]

Smith married model Gwendolyn Osborne on September 8, 2006. His wife is a model on The Price Is Right.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenny Smith." www.basketball-reference.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2010.
  2. ^ "The 60 Greatest Playoff Moments: Honorable Mention." www.nba.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Kenny Smith.' www.tnt.tv. Retrieved on January 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Reid Cherner. "Chemistry, characters carry NBA show above pack." USA Today, April 8, 2007. Retrieved on January 29, 2010.
  5. ^ 'Gwendolyn Osborne, a Barker beauty on the Price is Right, wed former NBA Star Kenny "the Jet" Smith.' www.prweb.com, September 8, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2010.

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