Rockets coaching search update: Kenny Smith to be interviewed, Frank Vogel contacted
The Houston Rockets’ wide-ranging coaching search just keeps marching along. We know there has been contact with Mike D’Antoni, Sam Cassell, Stephen Silas, Chris Finch and others.
Tuesday it’s the turn for a big name but a longshot — Kenny “The Jet” Smith — got his chance, reports Calvin Watkins of ESPN.
Rockets will interview Kenny Smith tomorrow according to a source.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) May 9, 2016
Monday it was David Blatt’s turn to pitch himself to Houston, and we also learn from Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronical Jeff Hornacek gets a shot on Tuesday as well
Can confirm that David Blatt is meeting with Daryl Morey and Leslie Alexander today. Jeff Hornacek and Kenny Smith tomorrow.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) May 9, 2016
The guys conventional wisdom around the league at the front of the list — Frank Vogel and Jeff Van Gundy — are still in the wings.
It’s still early in the process, as evidence here is another report from Calvin Watkins about James Harden’s involvement, or lack thereof, to this point.
The Rockets are taking their time. Which is smart, this is a big hire for them, but the Rockets are not the only team looking around right now and they don’t want their guy to get grabbed by someone else (not that Dave Joerger was).