Friday, May 27th, 2011 at 2:30 pm  |  20 responses

Kevin McHale is Rockets New Head Coach

by Dan Shapiro

Kevin McHale’s back on the bench. After a year out of the game,  McHale has accepted the offer to coach the Houston Rockets.

From the Houston Chronicle:

After a month-long search and long sessions debating the merits of three finalists, the Rockets offered McHale their head coaching position on Friday. McHale was chosen over Boston assistant Lawrence Frank and Dallas assistant Dwane Casey after meeting with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander on Wednesday to complete the interview process. McHale has agreed in principle to a three-year deal plus a team option.

Helping the Celtics of the ’80s capture three titles, McHale also notably contributed to Boston’s ’08 title when he sent KG to the Celts as a Timberwolves exec.

McHale’s last coaching stint was with the ’08-09 Timberwolves, stepping in after Randy Wittman’s firing and going 20-43. In that brief time McHale earned his rep as a player’s coach. But the rutter-less Rockets definitely pose a coaching challenge.

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  • http://WWW.SLAMONLINE.COM Eboy

    White trash!

  • http://WWW.SLAMONLINE.COM Eboy

    I have to make a confession – i’ve only really started supporting heat this season and in 06 when they won – yeah i’m a closet fan, but who cares. When the big 2.5 finish, i’ll just go and pick the next best team.

  • Benn0

    I always knew you where Eboy. Guess what, there’s another million like you all around the country.

  • Riggs


  • http://ballislife.com Stephon

    LOL @Eboy

  • TheBarberShop


  • http://aol.com Run”N’Gun219

    Thats a FAKE EBOY!!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOO

  • Justin

    “Rudder”, not “Rutter”.

  • RunNGun

    Timberwolves leftovers as coaches… this hiring makes the Lakers’ hiring of Mike Brown look smart.

  • MikeC.

    @RunNGun – McHale knows the game and he did well in his brief stint with the Wolves (of course that’s based on what he was coaching and not based on actual record). What surprises me is that he always said he never wanted to coach. Maybe what he really meant was that he didn’t want to to have to coach the team that he put together because those teams sucked. It was just easier to keep recycling coaches and hoping KG would be enough.

  • MikeC.

    @ whoever is pretending to be Eboy. Jacking someone else’s screen name isn’t cool. No matter how annoying life on Slamonline could be if the Heat win, it still ain’t cool to jack a screen name. C’mon SLAM, enforce your own rules for once.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    It is the real Eboy, he’s coming out the closet today..

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    stop being so gay

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Whats the best Kevin McHale gets the Wolves to draft another PG…

  • SikhWitIt

    Thank God, now get Gary Payton back on NBA TV! McHale was a bore to watch.

  • rich

    he looked so happy on tv, cant wait to see his facial expression when he sees yao get injured on the plane to america

  • LeBron de Con

    Eboy been jumpin on my bone for years.

  • Zoom

    Wow Eboy is saying all this **** to get your attention! Guess what he got it!

  • Darrell Robinson

    With Kevin McHale as the coach of the Houston Rockets, I expect the Rockets to have one of the best low post offenses in the league. You have some great upcoming big men in Jordan Hill and Patrick Patterson. Also, you can’t forget Yao Ming, even though he’s injured.

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Do we really want McHale as the coach? Sigh.
    Also, “rudder”. C’mon now guys.