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The Knicks interviewing Kenny Smith has to be out of courtesy or a favor from Scott Perry. There shouldn't be a chance in the world that Smith actually receives the head coaching job. If he does, it will quite possibly be the shocker of the century.
Perry knows, despite telling the media the contrary, that a guy with no experience just isn't a fit for this job at this point. The Knicks are not in a position where they can go with a rookie head coach. They have enough youth and inexperience on the roster. The last thing they could use at this point of their rebuild is someone who hasn't done the job elsewhere. In fact, the Knicks have only hired one head coach with zero experience, which was Derek Fisher, and we all know how that turned out.
With the right team in the right situation, hiring a head coach without experience would make sense. The Warriors hiring Steve Kerr made sense because he was coaching a stacked roster that had enough talent to win championships and start a dynasty. Kerr also had some experience in the front office as the GM with the Suns.
The Knicks are in an entirely different situation than the Warriors were after firing Mark Jackson. Smith not only has no coaching experience; he has no front office experience either. He went straight from the court to the broadcast booth. He also hasn't played in the NBA in 21 years, when it was an entirely different game. It's unreasonable to be away from the game (outside broadcasting) for that long and debut as a head coach in New York City. That just doesn't happen. Ever.
I don't buy into Smith having a chance at the job. There have been plenty of candidates who get an interview, who you know going in don't stand a chance to get the golden ticket. Smith falls perfectly under that umbrella. I buy much more into Jerry Stackhouse than Smith. There's a massive difference between the two.
Stackhouse at least has some coaching experience on his resume. He retired in 2013, and two years later was on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Raptors. After a year on the sidelines in the NBA, he went to the D-League to coach the Raptors' 905 team in 2016-17. In his first season, he won the D-League championship and was the D-League Coach of the Year. He's only five years removed from playing, which means he would relate to all these players in the game today.
All of the above factors make hiring Stackhouse at least logical, whereas there is absolutely no logic to hiring Smith. If not this year, Stackhouse will surely get a head coaching job in the near future. I really think the Hornets are a perfect fit for Stackhouse right now. There's less pressure on him to win in Charlotte, plus he has the UNC connection with new Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak.
Essentially, the Knicks would be the laughingstock of the league if they actually hired Smith. Hiring Mike Woodson would also make a ton of people scratch their heads, but that's another story for a different day. The Knicks would garner a lot more respect around the league going with Jackson or David Fizdale. There are certain times for new coaches and guys making the transition from playing to coach. Taking over a rebuilding Knicks franchise is not that time.