Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  28 responses

Kevin McHale’s Uncertain Future

by Marcel Mutoni

All told, Kevin McHale’s coaching stint this season has gone about as well as any T-Wolves fan could hope. Not to say that the team isn’t awful — it very much is at 24 games under .500 — but there have been signs of progress, giving fans and players a small glimmer of hope for the future.

That future, however, may not include McHale, who no longer has the option to work in the T-Wolves’ front office.

The Pioneer Press reports:

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor keeps saying he expects Kevin McHale to be back as coach next season, and McHale keeps tap dancing around the subject.


“I think he’s going to coach,” Taylor said. “I didn’t make him the interim coach. He’s the coach.” McHale’s reaction? “Right now, I’m just trying to be a good coach against Golden State,” he said before the Wolves’ game against the Warriors. “I don’t look too far ahead, man. I just want to try to help these guys. I’m racking my brain trying to figure out what more I can do with this team and how we can play more effectively… I’m just worried about that right now. The rest of that stuff will take care of itself.”

With his record as an exec, it’s hard to imagine another team bringing him into the front-office; should McHale elect not to return to the Wolves’ bench next season, he could be out of the NBA for the first time in close to three decades.

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  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Hasn’t he done enough damage?

  • eugene

    seriously i cant sit through another train wreck season. kevin you gotta bounce.

  • http://www.obviated.blogspot.com nick

    He might be an awful GM, but he certainly isn’t a bad coach. The Wolves were, for a fleeting moment, the hottest team in the league. Then god decided to smite minnesota (again) by exploding Al Jefferson’s knee, and that was that. But still, for a minute there, he had this team playing pretty damn well.

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

    If he was trying to be a good coach against the Warriors last night, he failed miserably.

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    He should’ve been fired after the Joe Smith debacle.

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

    He actually is a good coach and the players love him. But he hates the travel and is very attached to his family. Right now, I doubt he comes back and the players may be sensing that. I wonder if theyll start to give up.

  • http://www.aol.com Tony1970

    He may have been very unlucky as an executive. But who would know the future; neither M Jordon nor C Bryant were selected first! He is a great coach with a very bad luck. the Wolves were playing great ball before Al got injured. let’s not forget when he was awarded the Western Conference Coach of the Month on January and was positioned to be coach of the year. All the Wolves fans for the first times in years started to enjoy watching the average collection of players around Big AL climbing up the NBA ranking. Whom do we think was behind that; Kevin McHale!

  • noble

    glen taylor should be forced to give up the wolves to someone who actually knows basketball… wake me up when McHale is gone and the wolves are actually a contender on the west

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

    So Myles, who do you want the Wolves to hire if McHale skips off?

  • CP34MVP

    Kevin come to Detroit.

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

    Flip or Sam Mitchell.

  • Ho Ding of OC

    He should have been banned from the league and subject to criminal charges for the Joe Smith “deal”….what he did amounted to subversion, deception, corruption…..look, if you or I go to work and dance with these maneuvers at work, how long would it be before we would be sent packing??? McHale is as classy as his tackle of Kurt Rambis…whatever it takes to get it done….”The McHale Rules”….and why lament for him, as a crappie (that’s a fish) coach, he’s making probably 40 times what most of us are making……boo hoo….if this continues, look at your team owner cuz he’s let this go on for decades….Boo McHale at introductions, or chant “JOE SMITH!!!”…..

  • BostonBaller

    McHale WAS wrong in the J Smith situation buthe wasn’t alone in it either..How many Gm’s do this but never get caught? The Celtics will give him an office job doing something cushy since he was a big part in us winning #17!! lol.

    Pro sports and every day jobs are worlds apart so comparisons aren’t fair.

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

    Flip? Really?? Do you think he would actually come back?

  • Adam

    Hey Does anybody know who david thorpe is referring to in this article?

    Years ago, I heard about a short little shooter (whose name is not important) heading into the 10th grade. I went to watch him play at a basketball camp that featured nothing but top-rated players, 16 and under. Most observers thought he’d be overwhelmed by the talent.

    He played well in his first game, but his team trailed by 9 with 50 seconds to go. However, he then made three consecutive 3-pointers, plus a steal, and suddenly the game was tied. We all stood slack-jawed at what had just happened. But the player acted as if he expected that ending.

    Two years later, he led the nation in scoring (50 ppg) and was a McDonald’s All-American. Two years after that, as a college soph, he was a starter in the NCAA title game. The kid was easy to write off, but he just kept coming, because he knew he had “it.” Those of us who saw that last-minute performance knew he’d end up being a difference-maker.

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

    Probably not. But I can hope. This will never be a good defensive team and Flip is the best guy I can think of to maximize the offensive talent on the roster.

  • adam

    David Thorpes Trivia question. Its Teddy Dupay. I looked it up. Averaged 45 a game in high school. started for florida in the 2000 title game as a sophmore and was a mcdonalds all american. THanks ben.

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    Myles is right. Flip as been trolling in Minnesota for months.

    Most Wolves fans greatly admire Sam Mitchell.

  • Sebastian B. O. Bunionstow, esq.

    Kevin McHale was a great baller, and that’s it.

  • Blue

    Maybe he will go and be an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, win a chip, look into the camera and ask “What cha gone say now” repeatedly to no one in particular…

  • BostonBaller

    I just hung up with Danny and he says McHale is welcome anytime, right after he negotiates Al’s release back t the C’s. lol

  • http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=243084247 Witness

    why the hell dont they just move on from mchale? this man is gonna tarnish his reputation and end up like isaih. nobody is gonna remember him as a hall of fame player but rather a sorry coach/gm or whatever he does.

  • http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=243084247 Witness

    why the hell dont they just move on from mchale? this man is gonna tarnish his reputation and end up like isaih. nobody is gonna remember him as a hall of fame player but rather a sorry coach/gm or whatever he does.

  • Dave

    If Elgin Baylor can be remembered for his playing, I think McHale is safe.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    So NOW the T-Wolves decide he shouldn’t be GM? What’s next, the government passing a resolution saying George Bush shouldn’t be elected president?

  • ross

    i live in minnesota and most people here are sick of dude. get rid of him i say. It’s too bad glen taylor is so loyal to him

  • Lucy

    I think Kevin should just get fired. i mean like just hit him with it. He’s done a bad job ever since he came to MN. by trading KG.