The Houston Rockets have been searching for their new head coach since being eliminated from the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.
The Rockets have been linked to a lot of candidates including Jeff Van Gundy, Jeff Hornacek, Frank Vogel, David Blatt, Kenny Smith and Sam Cassell. According to several NBA rumors, Van Gundy is the frontrunner for the job but many Rockets fans want Smith to be their team’s new head coach.
SB Nation’s The Dream Shake reported on Friday that many fans in Houston had a rally at the Rockets home arena, Toyota Center, to show their love to the former Rockets player and current NBA on TNT analyst. It was organized by Kevin Allen, who has known Kenny Smith for more than 20 years.
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#BringKennyBack was also trending in the Houston area on Friday. You can view some of the social media posts by Rockets fans below.
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Smith, who has never coached before, was interviewed by the Houston owner Leslie Alexander and general manager Daryl Morey last week. The two-time NBA champion with the Rockets said told FOX 26 that he had a great meeting with the two.
“I think the interview, all of that process, it goes well. They have a clear vision of what they want to do. I have a clear vision of what I’d like to do. Sometimes you meet in the middle. Sometimes it doesn’t meet at all, but it was something that we both had to explore, and still exploring,” Smith said.
“The Jet” added that he really wants to become a coach someday but he is just going to wait for the Rockets’ decision.
“I’m a Rocket at heart. This is just a step. I’ve always been interested at some point in coaching. So I’m here. We’re going to see. I have a heck of a job right now at TNT, that I’m extremely happy with. So there’s got to be a lot of parameters on both ends to make things happen,” he added.
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