Kenny Smith believes it's only a matter of time before he leaves his post at TNT to join an NBA team's front office.
The longtime "Inside the NBA" studio analyst insists with the knowledge he's gained working at TNT for the past two decades, it's "inevitable" he'll be running a franchise one day.
"It's inevitable from a basketball standpoint I will be moving on," Smith told Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports. "The consumption and production of information that I've received, the way I'm able to relay it, and the relationships, it's inevitable. ... You're around things. You're privy to information for 20 years from runners to agents to general managers and owners that no one else has been privy to. No one else. Every team in the league has told me something they've told no one else."
Smith reportedly interviewed for head coaching vacancies with the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons in 2018. He was also offered the opportunity to be mentored by Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri for a front-office role last year but passed it up.