- Kenny Smith
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*2x NBA Champion (1994, 1995)
*1988 NBA All-Rookie Team
Kenneth (Kenny) 'The Jet' Smith, (born
March 8 1965, in Queens, New York) is a retired National Basketball Associationplayer and current TV basketball analyst. He attended Archbishop Molloy High Schoolin Queens, a school rich in basketball and scholastic tradition, and the home of such prep standouts as Brian Winters, Robert Werdann, and New York City schoolboy legend Kenny Anderson(also Smith's cousin). Smith graduated in 1983. While still in high school, he earned the nickname "Jet" after a local sportswriter saw the the cat-quick Smith in action in an in-season game against rival Christ the King High Schooland reported on it the next day in the paper. The newsman watched in awe as Smith repeatedly shredded the defense's tough press, only to "jet" down the court for several easy lay-ups, earning the moniker in the process. That year, Smith was also named a High School All-American and was selected to play in the 1983 McDonald's All-American Gamein Atlanta. He moved on to play for coaching legend Dean Smithat North Carolina and became a rare 4-year starter, over the course of his career playing alongside Carolina and future NBAstars Sam Perkins, Michael Jordanand Brad Daugherty. When he graduated in 1987, Smith held the school record for most assists with 768 (since surpassed by Ed Cota), including 86 assists in NCAA Tournament play, was a 1st-Team All-American and was named " Basketball TimesPlayer of the Year.
While at Carolina, Smith also played for the US national team in the
1986 FIBA World Championship, winning the gold medal. [ [http://www.usabasketball.com/history/mwc_1986.html 1986 USA Basketball] ]
Sacramento Kingsmade him the 6th overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft, ahead of such notable point guards as Kevin Johnson(taken with the next pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers), and fellow New Yorker Mark Jackson, who wound up going 18th to the New York Knicksand winning that year's Rookie of the Year award. Smith had a good season for the Kings and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 assists per game while playing with the Kings. He would go on to win the 1994 and 1995 NBA championships with the Houston Rockets, whom he played for after being traded in 1990. He is also the Rockets' all-time leader in three-point field goalpercentage with .407. His greatest moment as a player came in Game 1 of the 1995 NBA Finalsagainst the Orlando Magic, when he hit a game-tying three-pointer as time expired to send the game into overtime. The Rockets would eventually win the game and sweep the series. Smith played 10 seasons in the NBA. During his career, Smith played for the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magicand the Denver Nuggets.
In 1998, Smith became an
NBAstudio analyst for the TNT show, " Inside the NBA". He provides analysis and acts as a straight man for studio partner Charles Barkley. When a team is eliminated from the playoffs, Smith sends them " fishing" by showing a placard with team members on a fishing boat. Smith is also a color analyst for New York Knicksbroadcasts on MSG, hosts " Full Court Press" on Sirius Satellite Radio, and in October 2007 became an NBA analyst for Yahoo! Sports. Although he never was named an All-Star, Smith did compete in both 1990 and 1991 in the Slam Dunk Contestas part of [NBA All Star Weekend] , finishing second in the contest to Dominique Wilkinsin 1990.
Smith also created the Kenny Smith North Carolina Boys and Girls Basketball Camp. The camp teaches young boys and girls about the rules and the game of basketball.Fact|date=January 2008
September 2, 2006Smith married British actress and Price is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne at their mountain-top estate in Stevenson Ranch, California.
Smith's first video game appearance was in "
NBA Inside Drive 2003", followed by appearances in "NBA Live 2005" and "2006" as an NBA All-Star Weekendannouncer at the Slam Dunk Contestand Three-point Shootout. Smith also does commentary for some of the NBA 2KGames. [ [http://www.nba.com/videogames/nba2k8_overview.html NBA2k8 at NBA.com] ]
Kenny is also the first
commissionerof the Premier Basketball League.cite web | title = Nighthawks prep for New Year, new league | publisher = Gazette.Net | date = 2008-01-02 | last = Rao | first = Chay | url = http://www.gazette.net/stories/010208/gaitspo165521_32357.shtml | accessdate = 2008-01-15] [ cite web| title = NBA Legend Kenny Smith Named PBL Commissioner | publisher = Premiere Basketball League | date = 2007-12-06 | url = http://www.pblproball.com/press/league/20071206-KennySmithNamed.htm | accessdate = 2008-01-15]
Kenny and Gwen had their first child in March 2008.
* [http://www.kennythejet.com KennyTheJet.com] - Kenny Smith Boys & Girls Basketball Camp (Official Website)
* [http://www.clutchfans.net/players/kenny_smith/ ClutchFans.net Kenny Smith Profile] - Houston Rocket Fan Site
* [http://www.topix.net/content/prweb/2696099861247832575525208466331444106100 Wedding News]
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