Former NBA champion put his home for sale

kenny-smithKenny “The Jet” Smith, a former NBA player and current TV basketball analyst, has listed his Encino, Calif., home for $2.795 million, WSJ reported.

The 6,106-square-foot contemporary, French Country-style home at the end of a cul-de-sac has five bedrooms, 6 baths and a detached one-bedroom guesthouse. There’s a circular motor court, a three-car garage and a pool.

The home has cherry wood floors, 15-foot ceilings with truss beams and skylights in the living room and a remodeled kitchen with an adjacent sunroom. The upstairs master suite has a spa tub, steam shower and private balcony. The home also has a movie theater with wet bar and individual seating on risers.

Mr. Smith and his wife, Gwendolyn, a cast member of the show “The Price Is Right,” bought the property two years ago for close to $2 million, says listing agent Kofi Natei Nartey of The Agency in Los Angeles.

The couple spent about $500,000 on renovations, remodeling the kitchen and opening up the floor plan by moving walls and resurfacing the wood to lighten up the main house, Mr. Nartey says.

The couple is selling because they’re “ready to take on something new,” and recognized that the market is hot at the moment. Through an e-mail from his agent, Mr. Smith said the property has been great for “creating memories for friends and family.”

Smith, 48, played for nine seasons in the NBA for six teams, including the Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons. In 1998, he became an NBA studio analyst and currently works with Charles Barkley and Ernie Johnson for TNT Sports.

Smith spent his time in the NBA, playing for Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets.

He appeared in 737 NBA games (650 started), averaging 12.8 ppg and 5.5 apg in 30.1 mpg for the career. Smith is mostly remembered for his time in Houston Rockets, when he won back to back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.


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