Hakeem Olajuwon

Kenny Smith Talks March Madness, NBA Linsanity and More

Inside the NBA on TNT and NCAA Tournament on CBS analyst Kenny "The Jet" Smith talks basketball.
<p> Inside the NBA on TNT and NCAA Tournament on CBS analyst Kenny Smith talks March Madness, NBA Linsanity, North Carolina Tar Heels basketball, Jeremy Lin, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Coke Zero and More.</p>

Athlon Sports sat down with Kenny Smith, who covers the NBA on TNT — along with Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Ernie Johnson and Co. as a member of the Emmy award-winning Inside the NBA — as well as the NCAA Tournament on CBS. “The Jet” was a first-team All-American point guard under Dean Smith at North Carolina and a two-time NBA Finals champion with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995.

Yao Ming Retires, And A Generation Now Understands Bill Walton

Why Yao, China's favorite son, should follow Walton, the world's tallest Deadhead, to the Hall of Fame
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Skilled, potentially dominant big men are very difficult to find in basketball these days. Dwight Howard’s had years to develop something resembling an offensive repertoire, learning from one of the last talented inside scorers, Patrick Ewing. Shaquille O’Neal’s sheer physicality made up for any lack of moves, as defending him was much like posting up a CSX freight train.