TORONTO — Kenny Smith hasn’t shown up to an “Inside the N.B.A.” production meeting in almost 20 years.
“What’s going to happen in a basketball game that I haven’t seen, heard, been part of, or know someone that’s been part of it?” Smith said as he walked through the hallways of Scotiabank Arena before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Smith, 54, was wearing a black turtleneck and a blazer, thick glasses with a clear frame and a heavy coat of swagger.
“They used to tell me, if you were an announcer, you had to wear a white shirt,” he said. “They’re like, ‘Why don’t you wear white shirts?’ I said, ‘Because I don’t wear white shirts all the time with my suit.’ That’s not me. As simple as that.”
This month will conclude the seasons of two of the greatest television franchises in history, ubiquitous shows that have changed the medium for good. They’ve mixed politics, comedy, unpredictability, occasional explosions of emotion and larger-than-life personalities. One is “Game of Thrones,” which had its series finale on Sunday. The other is “Inside the N.B.A.,” which produces pregame, halftime and postgame segments for basketball games on TNT during the regular season and the playoffs.
For the last two decades, Smith has co-starred on “Inside the N.B.A.” — doing, saying and wearing what he wants — and has created one of the most remarkable second lives a professional athlete will ever see. Smith is the foundation of a show that has evolved from a source of generic basketball analysis to a cultural influence with reach far beyond the court.
The show had its debut in 1989, as a more traditional scripted highlight show. Throughout the 1990s, former N.B.A. figures like Reggie Theus and Dick Versace rotated through the desk as analysts. The shift to what it is now began with the addition of Smith, who joined after some guest segments following his retirement from the league in 1997. The moderator of the show and its game straight man, Ernie Johnson, as well as its producer, Tim Kiely, liked Smith’s off-the-cuff demeanor.
The brash Charles Barkley, Smith’s now-frequent sparring partner, joined after he retired in 2000, as did Shaquille O’Neal in 2011. But Barkley and O’Neal had built-in advantages: They were already all-time greats and celebrities in their own right. Smith, who was a role player in the N.B.A. for about a decade and won two championships behind Hakeem Olajuwon on the Houston Rockets, built a following for himself through hard work and sheer audacity.
Today, Barkley and O’Neal are often at the forefront of the show’s edgier segments. Last month, the “Inside” crew played a version of “Jeopardy!” and Barkley sent the set into hysterics when he asked, “What is Wonder Woman?” in response to a prompt for a location. In many of the show’s more, let’s say, out-there segments, Smith is either silent or acting as kerosene, prodding the others to go further.
“We all bring a lot to the table,” O’Neal said in a phone interview. “It’s a corporation. Each guy owns 25 percent.”
But Smith said that executives at TNT had not given the hosts a talking-to about content since his early days on the set.
“It’s gotten to the point where the powers that be — how do I put this — they’re afraid to talk to us,” Smith said. “Because when you talk to us, we take it to the other extreme. And we will keep doing it to an extreme that makes everyone uncomfortable.” (Through a TNT spokeswoman, Smith later clarified that “afraid” had not been his intended word choice. According to the spokeswoman, Smith emphasized that the leadership team gave the stars freedom to express themselves and that that authenticity added to the show.)
Some of the show’s best-known moments have been of a serious note. Smith and Barkley disagreed about the protests in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and had a raw, authentic discussion. After the 2016 presidential election, the “Inside” hosts had an extended conversation about Donald J. Trump.
The segments Smith said he is most proud of are ones examining civil rights, such as when the show broadcast from the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. The willingness to engage in politics and more nonsports topics came when Barkley joined the show, Smith said.
“What Charles made me do was to be much more poignant and aware of my social thought process,” Smith said, adding: “Sometimes, his points are like a flashlight. And you can go: ‘Yeah, put that flashlight in that situation. It’s accurate.’ My job is to bring the floodlight to it.”
Smith, who grew up in Queens and played college basketball at the University of North Carolina, brings an everyman persona to the group. On and off the set, he is thoughtful, confident and charismatic. When the cameras roll, his best-known feature is jogging to what is referred to as the Big Board on a wall behind the desk, where he breaks down individual plays.
“I want my grandmother to understand it, and I also, and this is funny, I think about Hubie Brown, who is a great technical person — I want him to go, ‘Damn, that was a good point,’” Smith said, referring to the broadcaster. He relishes his role as someone who tries to broaden the game: “I think, at times, that is my role — a decipherer — and to break it down where every person can understand.”
Smith’s fame now dwarfs that of his playing days, a rarity for an athlete. He gets the most attention, he said, at airports, particularly from parents.
“I get it all the time: ‘We don’t watch the game; we watch you guys,’” Smith said.
That’s how much “Inside the N.B.A.” has advanced. It has essentially become, in a way, too big to fail. Executives don’t meddle. There is minimal scripting. It’s Smith, Barkley and O’Neal being themselves at their own pace. It’s virtually unheard-of for a studio show to become more important than the games it is covering. Just this week, TNT won four Sports Emmys because of “Inside the N.B.A.”
Even Smith expressed bafflement at the show’s influence.
“It just doesn’t make sense at times,” Smith said. “But I know that I have a big responsibility. Charles and I talked about this, maybe about 10 years ago. We said something about a coach and our opinion that we wouldn’t keep him if he did that on the air. The next day he got fired.”
He continued: “We vowed that we would never say that again, because the point we made, no one had made prior to us. No one had saw what we had seen, and so I said, ‘I’ll never do that again.’ And I said, ‘Charles, we got too much power to do that.’”
Like O’Neal and Barkley, Smith has side projects, including a production company. His daughter, Kayla Brianna, is an R&B singer, and another daughter, Monique Green, is an actress. His son, K. J., has followed in Smith’s footsteps and plays basketball at North Carolina. Smith also has two younger children, Malloy and London.
His wife, Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, a former longtime model on TV’s “The Price Is Right,” filed for divorce last year.
In the big picture, Smith has been defined by his television career. He has been linked to coaching and front office jobs in the league, but nothing has materialized so far. When asked where he saw himself in 10 years, Smith paused.
“It’ll be ownership,” he said.
“You want to be an N.B.A. owner?” I asked.
“Or here,” Smith said, using his fingers to point downward. He was referring to WarnerMedia, the parent company of TNT. He said he sees himself being a high-level executive in charge of content.
And why not? If he could change the way sports highlight shows are done, why not the rest of network television?B:
香港最快报码室999921【空】【间】【锁】【定】？ 【陆】【之】【遥】【虽】【然】【是】【第】【一】【次】【听】【到】【这】【个】【词】，【但】【单】【从】【字】【面】【上】【就】【已】【经】【知】【道】【它】【所】【代】【表】【的】【意】【思】。 【看】【来】【谁】【都】【不】【傻】，【特】【别】【是】【这】【种】【活】【了】【万】【年】【的】【老】【妖】【怪】，【都】【想】【玩】【瓮】【中】【捉】【鳖】，【那】【就】【看】【到】【底】【谁】【是】【鳖】【了】。 【陆】【之】【遥】【转】【身】【飞】【速】【调】【出】【兵】【工】【厂】【下】【方】【从】【来】【没】【有】【对】【外】【人】【开】【放】【过】【的】【地】【形】【图】，【那】【错】【综】【复】【杂】【的】【通】【道】【之】【前】【是】【给】【矮】【人】【族】【使】【用】【的】，【现】【在】【矮】【人】【族】
【造】【神】？ 【直】【到】【登】【上】【列】【车】【车】，【唐】【纳】【德】【仍】【旧】【在】【思】【索】【着】【这】【个】【词】【的】【意】【义】。 【从】【某】【种】【程】【度】【上】【来】【说】，【他】【曾】【经】【在】【雷】【纳】【斯】【做】【的】【一】【系】【列】【事】【情】【就】【是】【为】【了】【造】【神】，【通】【过】【杀】【死】【雷】【纳】【斯】【市】【内】【的】【恶】【徒】【扩】【大】【名】【声】，【干】【掉】【瑟】【维】【特】·【塔】【罗】【斯】【取】【而】【代】【之】【进】【而】【获】【取】【官】【方】【的】【支】【持】，【最】【后】【通】【过】【雕】【像】【以】【及】【刻】【意】【散】【播】【出】【去】【的】【传】【言】【让】【自】【己】【的】【名】【字】【在】【民】【间】【普】【及】。 【最】【终】【创】【造】【出】
**【发】【的】【手】【段】【他】【还】【是】【知】【道】【的】，【这】【么】【多】【年】，‘【地】【上】【皇】’【能】【毫】【发】【无】【损】【的】【在】S【市】【经】【营】【着】，【就】【能】【证】【明】【其】【背】【后】【的】【势】【力】【有】【多】【强】【大】。 【况】【且】，【听】【说】【他】【的】【上】【头】【还】【有】【一】【位】【大】【人】【物】，【也】【就】【是】【这】【个】【大】【人】【物】【这】【么】【多】【年】【一】【直】【关】【照】【着】‘【地】【上】【皇】’。 【而】【且】【据】【说】，【这】【个】【大】【人】【物】【不】【久】【之】【前】【就】【在】S【市】【现】【身】【了】。 【所】【以】，【他】【只】【能】【咽】【下】【这】【个】【哑】【巴】【亏】。 【顾】【清】
【秦】【虎】【哪】【里】【知】【道】，【继】【承】【来】【的】【基】【因】【再】【强】【大】，【也】【只】【是】【基】【因】【本】【身】【的】【强】【大】。 【他】【的】【体】【质】【确】【实】【比】【普】【通】【人】【强】【得】【多】，【但】【还】【远】【远】【不】【够】，**【的】【系】【统】【训】【练】【直】【接】【把】【秦】【虎】【逼】【进】【了】【墙】【角】，【令】【他】【不】【断】【的】【挖】【掘】【潜】【力】【突】【破】【极】【限】。 【开】【始】【的】【时】【候】，【他】【只】【能】【在】【器】【械】【上】【坚】【持】【几】【十】【圈】，【但】【是】【没】【过】【多】【久】，【他】【就】【适】【应】【了】【这】【种】【训】【练】，【一】【百】【圈】、【两】【百】【圈】、【五】【百】【圈】……【等】【到】【最】
“【足】【够】【了】！” 【陈】【浪】【释】【然】【一】【笑】，【说】【道】：“【你】【帮】【我】【的】【已】【经】【够】【多】【了】，【有】【重】【来】【一】【世】【的】【机】【会】，【历】【史】【全】【部】【改】【变】，【如】【果】【还】【无】【法】【改】【变】【结】【果】【的】【话】，【那】【可】【能】【就】【是】【我】【们】【的】【命】【吧】。 【不】【过】，【我】【这】【人】【不】【信】【命】。 【同】【心】【协】【力】，【不】【是】【么】？ 【有】【这】【个】【超】【能】【力】【在】，【我】【可】【以】【不】【断】【的】【种】【下】【新】【的】**，【你】【已】【经】【失】【败】【了】，【我】【是】**，【拯】【救】【者】【陈】【浪】【也】【是】**，【未】香港最快报码室999921【约】【么】【一】【个】【小】【时】【左】【右】，【焚】【烧】【脏】【腑】【百】【骸】【的】【那】【股】【子】【灼】【热】【终】【于】【退】【去】。 “【压】【制】【住】【了】？” 【才】【睁】【眼】，【就】【听】【到】【叶】【九】【幽】【焦】【急】【关】【切】【的】【声】【音】【漫】【入】【耳】【中】。 “【嗯】，【暂】【时】【压】【制】【住】【了】。” 【闻】【言】，【他】【不】【由】【暗】【暗】【松】【了】【口】【气】，【抬】【脚】【刚】【欲】【上】【前】，【却】【又】【一】【脸】【顾】【忌】【地】【收】【了】【回】【去】。 【他】【不】【能】【靠】【近】【她】！【才】【压】【制】【住】，【万】【一】【再】【犯】…… 【他】【舍】【不】【得】【她】【遭】【罪】！【他】
“【中】【原】【岳】【不】【群】【前】【来】【拜】【剑】！”【清】【朗】【的】【声】【音】【在】【大】【殿】【之】【中】【回】【荡】。 “【岳】【不】【群】，【你】【很】【有】【胆】【识】！”【东】【方】【不】【败】【高】【座】【宝】【座】【之】【上】，【俯】【视】【岳】【不】【群】。 “【废】【话】【少】【说】，【请】【出】【招】【吧】。”【岳】【不】【群】【拔】【出】【了】【手】【中】【长】【剑】。 “【哼】！”【东】【方】【不】【败】【一】【声】【冷】【哼】，【他】【的】【身】【躯】【凭】【空】【消】【失】，【等】【他】【再】【次】【出】【现】【之】【时】，【已】【然】【不】【足】【岳】【不】【群】【身】【边】【一】【丈】【距】【离】。 “【好】【快】！”【岳】【不】
【雷】【霆】【队】【其】【实】【是】【不】【想】【等】【的】，【他】【们】【一】【场】【比】【赛】【都】【不】【想】【输】，【他】【们】【想】【直】【接】【终】【结】【系】【列】【赛】。 【年】【轻】【人】【没】【有】【耐】【心】，【年】【轻】【人】【就】【是】【急】【躁】，【他】【们】【不】【想】【等】【待】。 【然】【而】【现】【在】【已】【经】【不】【能】4【比】0【了】，【那】【么】【就】4【比】1。 【夏】【天】【是】【一】【个】【躁】【动】【的】【季】【节】，【年】【轻】【又】【是】【一】【个】【躁】【动】【的】【年】【龄】。 【张】【荆】【棘】【对】【波】【士】【顿】【凯】【尔】【特】【人】【那】【些】【邪】【恶】【技】【巧】【的】【研】【究】，【也】【已】【经】【更】【进】【一】【步】【了】。