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Kevin McHale says Howard needs to use speed, improve balance

Sep 26, 2013, 9:16 AM EST

Rockets coach Kevin McHale makes a good point to start this video — Dwight Howard is a very good player. He is a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, a guy who averaged 18.3 points a game on 57.7 percent shooting plus pulls down 12.3 rebounds a game as his career averages.

Because he had a down year last season — mostly due to injuries, but his attitude didn’t help matters — on a big stage, so he got painted with a “he’s not all that” brush. But he can be all that and more — he has to physically get right, then he has to go out and earn it. He expected things handed to him in Los Angeles, we’ll see if he’s grown from that experience (and he ugly leaving of Orlando).

Then McHale gets into his plans — he wants to use Howard’s speed (which is exceptional for a big man) and improve his balance. McHale wants to play fast, something Howard pushed back against when Mike D’Antoni came to Los Angeles.

It’s not a question of can McHale teach Howard things that Patrick Ewing or Kobe Bryant or anyone else could not, it’s a question of if Howard will listen. To use the old Buddhist phrase: “When the student is ready the teacher will arrive.” We’ll see if Howard is ready.

  1. fordmandalay - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Wow, I’m sure nobody else in Howard’s 8 years in the NBA, college years, or high school career has ever tried to give him advice on improving his game! This will change EVERYTHING!

    Howard = mediocre talent in the worst NBA center era ever.

    • texansfan713 - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Howard didn’t play college ball, he jumped from high school. Another thing is he is about to play his 10th season in the NBA. If your going to bash the guy at least have the correct facts.

  2. cbking05 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    He changes teams pretty fast already …

  3. skids003 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    He’s a crybaby and a diva. Big child.

  4. censoredpost - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Drugs are rarely the answer. Speed is bad and he should feel bad for suggesting it.. As far as balance goes his only hope was the Zen Master. Lil Jimmy blew that for him. Howard’s game is more limited than he/it should be. He is no Shaq/Wilt/Kareem/Duncan/etc. That is all.

  5. losanginsight - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Good thing she’s not LA’s problem anymore. Now I know how Orlando felt after she12 left. Have fun Houston!

  6. imakcds - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    No, I didn’t play at high levels, but the funnest part of the game for me was a toss up between Dominating the Backboards or rejecting shots, OWNING the paint.
    I wanted every rebound, and NOBODY got off a shot in the lane.
    I didn’t look to score, but I got my share of pts, mostly by working hard, and I got my chances to flash my skills.
    and my teams were consistent winners, bcause everyone knew their role.
    Dwight will never learn the truths of these statements.

  7. caeser12 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Kevin McHale says Howard needs to use speed, improve balance.

    Howard Demands Trade.

  8. kb2408 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Having been a great player doesn’t make one a great coach. What has McHale accomplished that D’Antoni hasn’t? As a matter of fact, M.D. is more accomplished. Therefore , why should we expect Dwight to listen to K.M.?

    • kb2408 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      Nor, is he more accomplished than SVG. Dwight stabbed one coach in the back and ignored another. But now he’s going to listen to McHale? Good luck with that. Houston better hope Dwight likes playing with Harden. If not, his old ways will resurface.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:05 PM

        Old ways? He hasn’t shown any new ones.

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    howard’s going to do what he wants, and McHale sure as Hell isn’t going to bench him for it.

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