Houston Rockets to interview Kenny 'The Jet' Smith and others for head coach position

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The 'Inside the NBA' crew of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny 'The Jet' Smith have become the most famous television panel in the league and have won numerous awards for their mix of analysis and entertainment.

However, the dynamics of the show could be about to change dramatically with Smith exploring the possibility of jumping into the world of coaching.

Since retiring in 1997, the former point guard has enjoyed a fruitful career in broadcasting as an NBA analyst for TNT and working for Turner Sports during the NCAA's March Madness.

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However, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, the Houston Rockets will be interviewing the 51-year-old for their vacant head coach position.

The two-time NBA champion has no prior experience as a head coach, but the Rockets are exploring many different avenues after their campaign was ended in the first-round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors.

Having sacked Kevin McHale just 11 games into 2015-16, J.B. Bickerstaff was installed as interim head coach until the end of the campaign and withdrew himself from consideration on Wednesday.

After reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2015, the Rockets have been in a state of flux ever since with rumours of dressing room turmoil and clashing egos derailing their hopes of success.

They almost faced the ignominy of missing out on the playoffs altogether but were able to scrape through on the final day of the regular season at the expense of the Utah Jazz.

Their showing against the Golden State Warriors was far from inspiring and despite picking up game three, it was a case of when, not if, they would be eliminated.

The relationship between franchise stars Dwight Howard and James Harden has been the primary talking point throughout the year as the perennial All-Stars have failed to see eye-to-eye.

Howard is likely to opt out of the player option in his current contract and seek pastures new after three seasons at the Toyota Center while it seems the franchise will continue to build around Harden after it was revealed 'the Beard' would have a say in the appointment of a new coach.

Whoever is chosen to lead the franchise in Texas will have a huge job of restoring harmony to a fractured Houston dressing room.

It is said that Smith has a close relationship with owner Les Alexander, but he is far from the only candidate. Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt will also be interviewed. Talks are also scheduled with Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek and Charlotte Hornets assistant Stephen Silas.

There will be many NBA fans hoping Smith stays with Shaq, Charles and Ernie in the studio, but for 'The Jet' it could be the perfect opportunity to experience something new.

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