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Monday, December 8th, 2008 at 1:02 pm  |  66 responses

Breaking: Kevin McHale To Coach Wolves

by Ryne Nelson

In the midst of for possibly the worst season in Timberwolves history, Kevin McHale has been recirculated to the sidelines. Former head coach Randy Whittman, as you’ve intuited, was shown his pink slip.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has more:

The Timberwolves fired head coach Randy Wittman this morning and replaced him with Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale, but the big news out of Target Center is that McHale will relinquish his front-office duties to concentrate on coaching.

A press conference is scheduled for this afternoon. We’ll have to wait to hear why Glen Taylor can’t seem to point the finger at McHale for the team’s sustained failure.

Who will take over for McHale as team VP though? Hoiberg is the most likely replacement. The two were of different philosophies in the past (he was in favor of Mayo over Love),so we’ll see where this leads.

It’s still possible that McHale returns to the front office at the end of the season, but this move gives hope for real change in Minnesota.

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  • riggs

    as many coaches there are waiting out there and they give it to mchale?

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    uh oh. more losses to pile up

  • real deal

    eddie jordan???

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    I’ll be there like Michael and Mariah.

  • adams

    Forbes magazine coach of the year 2009!

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    The New York Knicks have a funny story they would like to share with the Timberwolves.

  • JE

    haha, B. Long actually made me laugh out loud.

  • Marin

    Ha ha ha.
    McHale’s the one who should have been fired 5 years ago! He’s made so many mistakes it’s not even funny. Not keeping Steph and KG together, Joe Smith’s secret contracts, Foye for Roy, Love for Mayo, firing Flip (debateable I guess), and the hits just keep coming.
    Minny has a good young big with Al Jefferson, and he should have been paired with OJ Mayo. Who cares if you can get a legitimate talent like Mike Miller – he’s a great third option on a winning team, but he doesn’t mean sh*t on a bad one.

    Wow, I’ve written more on McHale and the wolves than they’re worth

  • Chris

    Getting rid of Mayo was a terrible decision, probably one of the worst draft day trades in recent memory.

  • slamfan4life

    bring in Isiah!

  • slamfan4life

    bring in Isiah!

  • underdog

    When the city of Minneapolis thought it couldn’t be worse…

  • NBK

    Is minnesota trying to lose their franchise? Kevin McHale is going to drive the people their to be solely hockey fans.

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    I bet he’ll get Minny to play better

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    McHale is like Isiah on steroids.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    What a joke.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    You know what the L-Wolves could really use now?A high scoring off guard.Pity none were available this summer I guess.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    oh man, I can not imagine what it’s like to be a T-Wolves fan right now.

  • http://slamonline.com Rushdiddy

    Man its sound like to me Mchale just wants to coach the team… he’s an idiot anyway why in the world would you trade away Oj Mayo for Kevin Love

  • tenorca

    The TWolves are one of the few teams that make me happy to be a Warriors fan…until we lose to the Thunder tonight. Then I will be very, very sad.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    Hear it from a die hard Wolves fan. We all hate McHale (and Glen Taylor) in MN! I swear they work their butts off to make every other franchise better besides ours! Listen to what I’ve to go through…(read below)

  • NBK

    @h to the izzo- they have rashard mccants, and randy foye those are scoring off guards. They need a PG, and a center-al jefferson and kevin love are good PF’s and al jefferson is a good C when playing offense but defensively they need a center.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    1996 – trades Ray Allen for Marbury, 1997 – Drafts Paul Grant (misses bobby jackson, stephen jackson) 1998 – Drafts Rasho Nesterovic (misses al harrington, rashard lewis) trades marbury for terrell brandon, signs KG to monster contract that sparks lockout season. 1999 – Drafts Szczerbiak, william avery, luis bullock (misses hamilton, marion, andre miller, terry, artest, and kirilenko) 2000 – signs joe smith to illegal contract which forfeits 4 first round picks! 2002 – Doesn’t even offer Billups anything after he wants to stay. 2003 Drafts Ndi Ebi (misses Josh howard) 2006 – Trades Brandon Roy for Randy Foye 2007 – trades KG away for nothing close to what he’s worth. 2008 – Trades away O.J. Mayo for Kevin Love

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    not to mention gives away mario chalmers for cash that he isn’t going to use to better the team!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    NBK, scorers score, don’t they? A good C when playing offense? Do you want to sub him out once the puck crosses his own blue line? Or take him out for the PK unit?

  • NBK

    @AndyK-Your completely right except the KG thing, they really could not have gotten a much better deal then they did. They got cap space and a great post player. Other then that though your right, McHale is like Bush to the US

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    oh yeah and about 75 percent of McHale’s non-first round draft picks have yet to even play in the NBA

  • NBK

    what are you talking about Z? Hockey? this is slam not slapshot

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    thank you NBK!! It’s so hard to watch Glen Taylor stick up for McHale time and time again! I only go to the wolves games when KG is in town, other than that I can barely pay attention to them because I get so depressed

  • NBK

    what i said was clear, they need a center. Al Jefferson is only good at offense when playing that position. He gets trashed by true centers.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    Isn’t it ironic that KG and Ray Allen won a title together?

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    Oh… my… GOD…

  • NBK

    @Jukai- I had the same thought haha

  • collin

    why wouldn’t he hire someone else to be coach? he’s the one who started this whole mess. this makes no sense. how will him switching to coach help the team. they need to just get rid of him for good

  • NBK

    well usually when your the source of a problem you don’t realize it. Even if everyone tells you you suck, in your own head your still the king of the universe. Especially if your name is Kevin McHale.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    AndyK is making some nice posts here.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    McHale has to be the worst GM in sports period.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    They should have Kevin McHale be GM, coach, the starting power forward and the mascot. That would show him. He can’t do his one job, so let’s give him MORE jobs. Glen Taylor is a frickin’ genius.

  • NBK

    Cosign Russ

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    thats a pretty good idea Russ, but I bet he would find a way to screw up all of those jobs too

  • NBK

    thats what he was saying andy- its this new thing called sarcasm you should try it.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    yup i got that, but thanks

  • NBK

    then why did you say what you said if you got that? you just wanted people to know your still there? lol

  • http://slamonline.com/online/nba/2008/12/breaking-kevin-mchale-to-coach-wolves/ AndyK

    Sure. My bad, I guess I shouldn’t have said that.

  • EC

    Mchales next move is to get a point guard you can always bring in isaiah thomas, i heard he has time on his hands

  • NBK

    i think mchale should sign stephon marbury and latrell sprewell so they can win the title and feed their kids.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    NBK, the winner’s share is not nearly enough for Spree to feed his kids.

  • Cizzo

    I knew it would’nt be before it went down like that let’s just see how long before he fires himself that should be interesting?

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Sam Mitchell or Paul Silas would be great coaching choices for this club. That is why i will be sooooooo happy when PJ Carlesimo takes over.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    They’d be better off letting the Ghost of Malik Sealy coach.

  • http://celtics.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Good luck 32. McHale’s the man. He helped us win a few titles, gave us KG for a bunch of losers (except Big Al of course) and hopefully we’ll get Corey Brewer and Randy Foye for Brian Scalabrine and Patrick O’Bryant next. Keep up the good work Kevin!

  • http://celtics.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    @ BLong..bah dum pum…lame.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Being called lame by someone who goes by Kobewearsapurplethong is the highlight of my day.

  • http://chugachugachugachuchu.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    Now i am gonna call you lame too! what now, sucka.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Been there, Done that, BET. 8) Are you writing for Bachi now?

  • EC

    whats wrong with purple thongs?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    @ B: Why don’t you check Hibachi, read Hibachi, or comment on Hibachi? Then you’d know. We’re missing you as a reader, man.

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    Try making the blog good and you’ll get more readers

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Very funny, Jukai.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Mchale coaching the Wolves? Not a good idea…

  • David

    Was it McHale’s choice to change seats? Are there any examples of a time where a gm with poor history of building a successful team somehow became a worthy coach of the same team? I can’t think of many examples of GMs even giving themselves the coaching job or having both jobs. Nelson in Dallas (positive outcome). Bickerstaff in early BETCats days (mixed result – ok for what he had). Isiah in NY obviously didn’t work. Riley in Miami was mostly positive but ended horribly. Did Lenny Wilkens ever do both jobs?

  • http://www.myfreesport.com LexaB

    OJ Mayo for Kevin Love???? That pretty much sums it up. The guy just hasn’t got any clue…

  • ab_40

    smart move… but can’t the okc franchise and this one just merge into one team… and bring a new fresh franchise to seatle.

  • ClydeSays

    Just watched McHale’s season debut. After battling back in the game, the TeenWolves couldn’t run a play in the last few minutes. Terrible.

  • lance

    Mchale is one of the worst GM’s ever! drafting people who never play in the nba, trading excellent players for crap (steph, roy, love) signing illegial contracts, signing kg’s monster contract.. the list goes on and on. He put this team together and now he gets the pay the consequences.

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