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Kevin McHale reaches deal to coach Rockets

May 27, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

Assistant coach Kevin McHale of the Rook AP

UPDATE 3:24 pm: Well, that didn’t take long. The two sides have come to an agreement in principle and Kevin McHale is your new coach of the Houston Rockets.

This is reportedly a four year deal with a team option for the last year. This is a Rockets roster in flux, it will be interesting to see what it looks like in four years and how (or if) McHale can mold that lineup.

12:55 pm: Kevin McHale badly wanted another chance to prove himself as an NBA head coach. Looks like he is going to get it.

The Rockets have offered their head coaching job to Kevin McHale, according to multiple sources, including the Houston Chronicle (Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo had it first). They still have to negotiate terms but both sides want this so expect it to get done.

McHale beat out Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank — both former NBA head coaches — for the job.

McHale has an unimpressive 39-55 record in two half-seasons with the Wolves, but that is without context. In both cases he stepped in midseason for a fired coach (Flip Saunders and Randy Whitman) and in both cases the team played better under him than it did his predecessor.

McHale is a legendary Celtics forward with a nice collection of rings. He should be great at molding a young, talented big man — too bad the Rockets don’t have one of those.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey was looking for a guy for the long term, to rebuild with as the coach. This older generation player is an interesting choice.

  1. henryd3rd - May 27, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    As long as he doesn’t have approval over trades why not. Wait! Maybe he can get lucky and get Danny Ainge to trade Rondo for Yao Ming? Danny owes him one!

  2. purdueman - May 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Separated at birth: Kevin Mc Hale and Herman Munster.

    • jsprunner - May 27, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      That’s really f****d up. But I laughed….

    • Justin - May 27, 2011 at 4:47 PM

      He needs a flat top haircut

  3. themanchine - May 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    The happiest player? Jordan Hill

  4. zrbk - May 27, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    He might help Scola to evolve his game to an all-star level. Otherwise, let’s see if Thabeet will actually become Mutombo Lite (I doubt it). It’s difficult to imagine the Rockets becoming a contender with the current roster, but let’s just give McHale a chance to prove himself.

  5. bmorehomeofthewire - May 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Kevin McHale will do a good job, but I think a younger coach would be better for the long term…

  6. Justin - May 27, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    “McHale has an unimpressive 39-55 record in two half-seasons with the Wolves, but that is without context.”

    Also note that it was his hand picked coaches he had to fire and players he had to work with. His strong suit is not the X’s and O’s that much is for sure.

  7. randysavage4ever - May 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    How is this an upgrade from Adelman?

    • progress2011 - May 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      It’s an upgrade only if he has the influence to persuade All Star caliber players to come play for him. Their roster needs some real work to compete in the West. No one can win, with the current roster. If he can unload Yao and get a quality player in return, his tenure will be off to a good start.

      • mogogo1 - May 28, 2011 at 12:03 AM

        They’ve hired him as coach, not GM. He’s not going to arrange any trades, he’s going to coach the team. And if you take a look back at his track record as GM in Minnesota, you’ll see why he hasn’t held that job since then.

  8. mogogo1 - May 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    It really is kind of comical how the NBA recycles the same guys over and over. McHale is on record as saying he never wanted to coach the T-Wolves and only did so because the ownership insisted. So, what’s changed since then?

    • progress2011 - May 27, 2011 at 10:02 PM

      What has changed…I think it’s obvious he is not coaching the T-Wolves and he is coaching the Rockets.

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