Kenny Smith all but confirmed that he won’t be the next coach of the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
The TNT analyst said that while he did discuss his former team’s opening with them last week, he doesn’t see himself leaving his broadcasting chair anytime soon.
“The Rockets have a philosophy of what their coach should be,” Smith told his colleagues on TNT’s pregame show. “And right now, I’m here, and it looks like I’m gonna be here. And that’s great.”
The Houston Chronicle reported Smith was no longer a candidate for the job Monday morning. The Rockets have interviewed David Blatt, Jeff Hornacek, Mike D’Antoni and Smith’s former teammate Sam Cassell, according to that report.
“I wish them nothing but the best, without question," he said. "But this is the seat that a lot of people want to be in as well."
Smith has never been a head coach on any level, but he does have a direct tie to the Rockets. He played for the Rockets from 1990-96, helping them win back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.