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Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

Posted on: May 21, 2011 4:18 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2011 4:33 pm
Kevin McHale is reportedly the "frontrunner" to serve as the next head coach of the Houston Rockets. Posted by Ben Golliver. kevin-mchale

The Houston Rockets coaching search has dragged on for weeks, but the team has apparently found a favorite.

A few weeks back, Houston narrowed its list to three finalists: Lawrence Frank, Dwane Casey and Kevin McHale. On Saturday, Yahoo! Sports reports that McHale has emerged from the back as the "frontrunner." The site notes that McHale made "a strong final push in the interview process."
No final decision has officially been reached, nor are contract negotiations underway, but McHale has clearly separated himself from Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, sources said. McHale made a strong final impression in conversations with Houston officials on Thursday in Chicago, and could receive a formal offer in the next week.
The Rockets are clearly in a rebuilding phase, having missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. Injuries to Yao Ming have handcuffed the team, both from a financial perspective and a roster-building perspective.

For the Rockets, McHale might represent an experienced NBA veteran with an affable personality to pull a team through the rigors of a rebuilding effort. At age 53, McHale's time in the NBA spans more than three decades as a player, coach, executive and television commentator.

McHale's previous coaching experience came in two runs with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he also served as a front office executive. McHale's career coaching record is 39-55.

As a player, McHale was a Hall of Fame forward for the Boston Celtics. He won three titles in his 13-year career and was selected to seven All-Star games.

Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: May 26, 2011 9:18 pm

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

Won't it be ironic if the jerk who signed autographs for Houston fans in the 1986 NBA Championship, as "Houston Sucks! Kevin McHale" ends up becoming the Rockets' coach?  39-55?  Really?  What am I missing here?

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:30 am

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

I have a bad feeling about this.  I hope Morey is making the right decision but I have my doubts.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:55 pm

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

      Great choice now we will play defensive and win in stead of adelman hard headedness, now we got a real coach who will be better then in minnesota because he has talent over here in houston with morey as your gm, this guy will bring winning in the frame and not just a coach who wants to make his players happy and worry about offensive then defensive thinking we going to outscore everybody adleman will be know as a coach who cares about offensive like don nelson, and Dantiono thats why he will never be good enough to win championshhips its called "defensive to win championships, like spurs, bulls, heat. Not offensive it can be fun to watch but no the whole game. Kyle Lowry will become an allstar next year because of this coach he will excel

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:54 pm

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets


Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 8:31 pm

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

Guys i agree with all of u . Machale is a vary bad choice,, but maybe the rockets wants him so he can pull a trade with the T wolve for Ricky Rubio??? it"s the thought .....

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:02 pm

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

As a T-wolves fan, good luck Houston, you can have him!  There is no way in hell Mchale is a better coach than rick adleman.  On a side note, people should give Bill Musselman some love! He is the greatest basketball coach that no one has heard of.   Right now 3 of 4 coaches left in the playoffs have direct ties to mussleman.  Scott brooks played for him in the cba and nba, rick carlisle played for him in the cba, and thibodeau got his start in the NBA on Mussleman's staff with the Wolves.  Give him some love!

Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: May 23, 2011 2:23 pm

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

I don't understand it, the results are definitive, Kevin McHale simply doesn't have what it takes to lead a team, especially out of the dark days it looks like the Rockets are headed into. If the Rockets want to win, they need to pony up some real money for a more proven coach like Lawrence Frank or, hell, Mike Woodson. I would put all the effort/money I could into getting Jeff Van Gundy to come back. Either way, my point is McHale ≠ right choice.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: May 22, 2011 5:15 pm

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

Kevin McHale Isiah Thomas what's the difference?


Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: May 22, 2011 11:59 am

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

No discernible talent as a GM.  No discernible talent as a coach.  No discernible talent as a commentatior.  And yet, guys like McHale never lack for employment.


Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: May 22, 2011 8:30 am

Report: Kevin McHale is 'frontrunner' for Rockets

Watch out Rocket fans..if McHale is hired, your best players will somehow end up on the Boston Celtics squad...

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