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TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith goes far back with Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson.

Smith trained Johnson in AAU, and the former player saved a voice message from the current player's mother before her death and asked Smith to look after my son.

Could there be a chance that Smith and Johnson could revive her basketball relationship in Detroit?

A source confirmed Detroit Free Press that the Pistons plan to interview Smith, a two-time NBA champion, for the head coaching job.

Yahoo! Sport's Shams Charania reported for the first time on Twitter News on Wednesday afternoon.

Representatives of the Pistons owner group met Smith in recent weeks in Los Angeles. Smith, 53, was a studio analyst on the popular "Inside the NBA" show since the late 1990s. He also provides analysis during CBS / Turners coverage of the NCAA tournament and contributes to NBA TV.

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In 1987, Smith won a preliminary round pick-up from North Carolina and thus made his name a point-keeper for Houston Rockets when they won consecutive NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.

He played nine games with the Pistons in the 1996-97 season his last season in the NBA.

Smith reports interviewing for the New York Knicks coaching job last month, though the Knicks went with David Fizdale.

The Free Press reported Wednesday that the Pistons will use a team of advisors to watch candidates for coaching next week's Auburn Hills practice facility. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that former NBA coaches Bernie Bickerstaff and Jim Lynam will consult the Pistons in their head coaching quest.

Following Orlando Magic's announcement on Wednesday to hire Steve Steve Clifford as head coach, there are only two places left in the NBA: Detroit and Toronto.

The Pistons are still looking for a president / GM after firing Stan Van Gundy earlier this month. During one of the TNT studio shows, Smith, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal puzzled for the Pistons, Basketball Hall of Famer and ever-great-looking Piston Isiah Thomas to head the front office.

Since then the Pistons engaged Ed Stefanski as a consultant.


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