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Report: Detroit Pistons to Interview Kenny Smith for Head Coaching Position

The Detroit Pistons plan to interview former NBA player and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith for their head coaching job according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Smith spent 10 seasons in the NBA with the Pistons, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings, who selected him sixth overall at the 1987 NBA Draft.

New York Knicks will hire David Fizdale as next head coach

Former Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale has agreed to become the Knicks' new head coach, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. In addition to Fizdale, they spoke to Mark Jackson, David Blatt, David Fizdale, Jay Larrañaga, James Borrego, Mike Budenholzer, Mike Woodson, Mike Brown, Jerry Stackhouse and Kenny Smith.

Kenny Smith: How TNT job has set me up for Knicks success

Kenny Smith may be a long-shot candidate for the Knicks’ coaching job, but he doesn’t sound like one — saying he believes he’s “ready’’ to run the Knicks. The TNT broadcasting mainstay, who won two NBA titles as a Rockets point guard, said his Knicks interview Friday was “fun,’’ and that he is awaiting word on whether he’s going to be a finalist.

NY Knicks: 5 things to know about new head coach candidate Kenny Smith

A surprising name was thrown into the Knicks' coaching search Wednesday when ESPN reported that TNT analyst Kenny Smith would interview for the job. Smith, 53, joins a list of candidates that includes Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, Jerry Stackhouse, Mike Woodson and David Blatt. Here are five things to know about Smith, who has no NBA coaching experience:

Source: Kenny Smith, who has never coached in the NBA, to interview with Knicks

TNT analyst Kenny Smith will interview for the New York Knicks' head-coaching job Friday, a source told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Smith, who played from 1987 to 1997 with six NBA teams, has never coached in the NBA. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported this week that the four top candidates are David Fizdale, Mark Jackson, David Blatt and Jerry Stackhouse.

Chansky’s Notebook: Ode To The Jet

Thank goodness for Kenny “The Jet” Smith. Now that CBS splits NCAA tournament coverage with TBS, TNT and TruTV, a cast of thousands carries us from pre-game shows full of nonsense from Charles Barkley to talking heads like nincompoop know-it-all Seth Davis to actual games with eight teams of announcers. Here is a shout-out to Tar Heel Kenny Smith.

Video: UNC Players Pre-NCAA Interviews

On Tuesday at the Smith Center, some of the Tar Heels spoke about recovering from their four-game run in the ACC Tournament, their mental approach entering the NCAA Tournament, and for Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, that this is their final ride. Here is what Berry, Pinson, Kenny Williams and Cameron Johnson had to say:

Charles Barkley trashes UNC in attempt to rile Kenny Smith

Part of Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith’s shtick is that they like to rag on each other, and that meant shots at North Carolina and Auburn on Sunday during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show. Clearly they’re not being particularly serious, as Barkley claims to have No. 15 seed Lipscomb beating Smith’s Tar Heels.

Kenny Smith on UNC, Joel Berry's Legacy

If Joel Berry can lead North Carolina to another Final Four, former Tar Heel point guard Kenny Smith believes Berry will go down as the most decorated college basketball player in UNC history. "Joel Berry has seen it all," Smith said. "He might be the greatest college basketball player at North Carolina if he gets this team to the Final Four --- going to three Final Fours."

Video: UNC Players Post-Notre Dame Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina defeated Notre Dame 83-66 on Monday night at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill. Here is what Joel Berry, Kenny Williams, and Theo Pinson said to reporters in media interviews following the game:

Tar Heels withstand Notre Dame, win for third time in five days

Joel Berry scored 21 points as No. 14 North Carolina withstood a few second-half Notre Dame rallies in an 83-66 victory Monday at the Smith Center. UNC won three ACC games in a five-day span and has 20 wins for the 14th time in Roy Williams’ 15 seasons. Theo Pinson’s 16 points, Kenny Williams’ 14 and Cameron Johnson’s 13 bolstered the Tar Heels.

"First-half Kenny Williams" is over

Kenny Williams burst through the door of the players' lounge and let the emotion pour out. He didn't yell anything in particular; when you beat Duke, it doesn't matter what you say. But he made his presence known after doing so for two full halves on the Smith Center court. He was the same player we've seen all year. This time, he had the numbers to prove it.

Video: UNC Players Post-Duke Locker Room Interviews

Needless to say, UNC's players were excited following their 82-78 victory over Duke on Thursday at the Smith Center. UNC used a 23-4 run that spanned both halves to take control, they won the battle on the backboards 44-38, turned over the ball just 2 times, got six 3-pointers from Kenny Williams and an 18-point, 13-rebound effort from Cam Johnson.

Tar Heel Players Preview Duke Game

On Tuesday afternoon in the Smith Center, Tar Heel starters Joel Berry II, Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, Theo Pinson and Luke Maye met with reporters to preview Thursday's game against Duke. Joel Berry: "I'm starting to realize how time is just moving fast. I have three home games left and being a part of this rivalry has meant a lot to me."

Video: North Carolina's Starting Five Discuss Duke

North Carolina meets Duke for the first time this season Thursday at the Smith Center, and even though both teams haven't played their best basketball of late, the rivalry remains as heated as ever. Here is what Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Cameron Johnson, Theo Pinson, and Kenny Williams had to say during an interview session Tuesday afternoon at the Smith Center:

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