The former Kings player and TNT commentator told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday night that he has been in discussions with new owner Vivek Ranadive. Longtime general manager Geoff Petrie has been told that he will not be re-signed after his contract expires later this month, and Smith is clearly hoping to be part of the new regime.
"We've been talking; we've been talking," Smith said. "That's all I'm going to say."
Vivek has been talking to Kenny "The Jet" Smith about joining the Kings front office. Let that sink in.
Given that it's expected Ranadivé will hire multiple brains for the front office in the style of the Warriors, I'd be A-OK with Smith being a part of that. I do, however, feel obligated to flag something Smith told Amick.
"I've been winning my whole life," Smith said. "I've been blessed to be a winner. So whatever happens, whatever I do, I'm going to win an Emmy next year or I'm going to try to win an NBA championship or I'm going to try to win in cards. I'm a winner. I'm a winner. I've been blessed in my whole life, so I think I have a clear vision."
Let's throw a big ol' asterisk on one period of your life: the period during which you were a Sacramento King. The Kings went 51-113 in The Jet's first two seasons. I'm glad we're not the only ones who have blocked those two seasons from our memories.
One other interesting tidbit from Amick's report:
Ranadive has been looking to have a two-tier structure of sorts, with a widely known name at the top joining forces with a respected executive in the front office.
This is totally going to become the NBA vogue if it's successful in Sacramento after being successful in Golden State and Indiana.