The TNT crew is trying to help out Kenny Smith’s bid to become the Knicks’ next head coach.
After being teased on the air by his colleagues late Thursday night during the NBA postgame show on TNT, Smith confirmed he will be interviewing for the Knicks job Friday in the Big Apple.
“I know how Trump feels — there’s a leak,’’ Smith said. “I can’t tell a lie. I’ll be in New York City tomorrow.’’
Host Ernie Johnson told Smith, “That’s very cool,’’ before Shaquille O’Neal piped in with, “Have you seen them play?’’ “I have seen the Knicks play,’’ Smith answered.
Johnson then reeled off five interview tips for getting the Knicks’ job.
1. “Be on time for James Dolan — no excuses like Zebras in the road.’’
2. “Do not make your knees knock — it’s a sign of nervousness.’’
3. “Familiarize yourself with “JD and The Straight Shot” — Dolan’s band. Go in whistling some of his tunes.’’
4. “It’s pronounced Chris-Taps Por-Zingas”
5. “Don’t use Charles Oakley as a reference.’’
Smith, a Queens native, has no coaching experience and interviewed for the Knicks general manager job in 2008.
Knicks president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry are returning from the West Coast where they met with Mike Woodson, Mark Jackson and David Fizdale. On Tuesday, Knicks officials interviewed Jerry Stackhouse in New York. The plan is to meet with David Blatt next week in New York because the former Cavaliers coach still is coaching games for Istanbul.
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