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Flushing, NY – Kenny Smith, who grew up in Lefrak City and graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School where he was a star point guard, enjoyed a ten-year NBA career although he is best known for being an analyst on TBS’s popular freewheeling pro hoops studio show, “Inside the NBA” which is renowned for the humorous exchanges between panelists Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill, Chris Webber, and host Ernie Johnson.

Turner Broadcasting brought in both Kenny and Charles Barkley to meet with the New York media last Tuesday as a way to kick off the 2016-17 NBA season. They were also being inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame that night in an event held in the Waldorf-Astoria Ballroom, the same venue which two days later would host the Al Smith Dinner where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump exchanged occasionally humorous verbal jabs.

Kenny won two NBA titles as a member of the Houston Rockets. He was an integral part of the team that defeated the Knicks in the 1994 NBA Finals. What is most remembered about that series was that as Game 5 was being played OJ Simpson was leading police in a chase down the 405 Freeway in LA following the murders of his wife and Ron Goldman.

Smith admitted that his teammates were almost as interested in what was going on out west with “The Juice” as they were in the game that they were playing at Madison Square Garden. “During a timeout we were huddling and instead of talking about the game we kept talking about OJ being on the run. Our head coach Rudy Tomjanovich reminded us that we were in the NBA Finals but then he wanted to know what was going on with OJ!” Kenny said with a chuckle.

When asked about what makes “Inside the NBA” arguably the most popular sports studio show outside of the NFL Sunday programs, Smith did not hesitate. “We don’t go to production meetings!” he quickly replied. He added that the benefit of that is to appear spontaneous to the viewer as opposed to polished rehearsed banter that would come off as inauthentic.

Smith feels that the Knicks should win between 50 and 55 games this year and should go deep in this year’s playoffs.  “It’s still Carmelo Anthony’s team but the additions of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah will take a lot of pressure off of him. They don’t have to get the ball to him on every possession.”

He belittled the Knicks’ cross-river rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, however. “I can’t even name five players on their team. They have a chance of booting the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers from the record books for the single season all-time worst record in NBA history.”

Kenny has an entrepreneurial side as he is producing a television version of “Hoop Dreams,” the 1994 award-winning indie film about two Chicago high school players who dream of NBA stardom.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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