Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Houston Rockets, who are reportedly removing Kenny Smith in the list of candidates for the head coaching position.
TNT analyst and former Rockets guard Kenny Smith has been reportedly ditched from the list. There are speculations that Smith’s knowledge in the NBA is not enough for him to be considered for the position. Though Smith has been part of the Rockets as a player, he has no experience being a coach in the league.
TNT analyst and Rockets critic Charles Barkley expressed his opinion about Kenny Smith and the Rockets’ job. He said that Smith is not stupid to take the job, adding that Dwight Howard will be a big problem once he becomes the Rockets head coach.
“I don’t think he’s going to take that job,” Barkley said via Houston Chronicles. “Nobody says, ‘I want to take on the Titanic’ other than Dave Joerger (in Sacramento). I think Dave Joerger is a heck of a coach, but to take over Sacramento, that’s just stupid. That’s a bad job, and Kenny is not stupid.
“You never take a bad job. Dave Joerger had to take Sacramento because he didn’t have a job. But Kenny’s got a great job. Why would he take over the Houston Rockets? You don’t take a bad job when you’ve got a good job. You only take a bad job when you don’t have a job.”
“I knew he was going to interview for the job. I’ve told Kenny, ‘Why would you take a bad job? If you’re going to take a job, take that Minnesota job.’ That’s a good job or the Wizards. Those are two good jobs. Sacramento is not a good job and Houston is not a good job. If you’re going to leave TNT (and) a really good job where you’re working one day, you better not take Houston or Sacramento, that’s just stupid.”
However, if Kenny Smith will pursue the Rockers job, he will be pitted against other candidates who have lots of coaching experience than him.
Other candidates for the Houston Rockets coaching position, includes former Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, former New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell, Charlotte Hornets assistant Stephen Silas and Rockets associate head coach Chris Finch.
With the list of the potential candidates for the head coach position, it seems that the Houston Rockets are having a hard time picking the right person to be the next mentor of the team. However, once they find the right coach that can rebuild the team and provide the right chemistry, the Rockets is expected to be a better team next season.
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