Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at 2:21 pm  |  32 responses

Kyle Lowry Doubts He Can Coexist with Kevin McHale

by Ryne Nelson / @slaman10

It had been rumored that PG Kyle Lowry is unhappy with Rockets coach Kevin McHale, and Lowry admitted on Friday that he may need to be traded if a change isn’t made on the sidelines next season.

Choosing his words carefully, Lowry told the Houston Chronicle that he couldn’t co-exist with McHale next season:

Lowry does not believe he and Goran Dragic, his successor as the starting point guard this season, will both return to the roster next season. Lowry was even less confident he and Rockets coach Kevin McHale can successfully coexist.

“‘I don’t think so,” Lowry, 26, said. “I honestly think it would be tough. Things have to be addressed. The situation would have to be addressed.

“If things aren’t addressed coaching-wise, I guess I have to be moved.”

But McHale did not believe the issues were too great for him and Lowry to work well together.

“That’s very surprising,” McHale said. “I didn’t think we had too much of a problem coexisting this year. Everybody has a little beef every once in a while. I didn’t feel like (there were problems). He apparently did.

“There were times that we didn’t agree on things. There were times that I got on him. I don’t think it was unduly harsh on anybody.”

The Rockets are likely to keep McHale and bring back Goran Dragic, who excelled as a starter as Lowry dealt with injuries. Lowry is on a very manageable contract through the ’13-14 season, and the Rockets could trade Lowry. But the Rockets believe Dragic and Lowry can get starter’s minutes on the same team and play well together.

Lowry may have no choice but to coexist with McHale as coach. He played at a near All-Star level before injury last season, and if he’s healthy, he could excel once again.

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  • alphabeta

    Living in Houston, the Rockets suck. I miss the days of Hakeem and company. The Rockets have been a mediocre team since the days of Tmac and Yao. Finishing 9th,10th,11th will not get you rewarded in the nba. Finishing dead last and being horrible will allow the NBA to reward you. Just look at the Bobcats, and a potential pick of the Unibrow. Morey is the worst GM i know, next to Otis Smith. He has always found a way to make this team mediocre and land either in the 8th spot and a quick exit from playoffs, to barely making the playoffs and finishing 9th. They need to blow up this whole team, but keep the younger guys. Scola, Dalembert, Camby all have to go now. I would even go as far as hiring Kenny Smith as the head coach. Smith is way more qualified than McHale. Whatever McHale touches turns to crap. By the way, Lowry is just pissed his starting position is gone, so now its not even about McHale, he just wants to be traded period.


    lowry should only blame his injury, not the coach or dragic

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    at least his trade value is high right now. is dragic restricted? he is about to get paid in full

  • ill Smith

    If you are unable to learn something meaningful about basketball from Kevin Freaking McHale then you are the problem, not him.

  • bravo

    trade to the raptors!

  • T-Money

    Ill smiyh – a great player doesnt make a great coach. Lowry was balling out of control before the imjuries, a lot of teams would be glad to have that problem.

  • JB

    Prima donna!!!! Kyle Lowery??? Seriously! He’ll be in the D league soon. PGs of his caliber are easy to find.

  • Lin-Dication

    Dude, WTF? Does Lowry think he’s Dwight Howard or something?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Cosign Alpha.. I’m not a Rockets fan, or even ever been to Texas, but was stoked when they won the back to back in the mid 90s.. Loved that team that they had- Dream,Clyde,Smith,Cassell,Horry,etc..

  • Michelle

    To the Lakers?

  • Phil the thrill

    Mediocre city, average team with average picks and average success! Daryl Morey only knows safe and average hence his team is a reflection of him, mediocre. This team is heading for their second decade of average.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    F*ck! NO!! My favorite player in the league on my favorite team. Don’t do it, Kyle… He obviously doesn’t want to continue coming off the bench for Dragic, which he had to do last season due to his bacterial infection. Dragic deserves to start; so does he. I have no idea how Houston can make it work, but I like both players a lot. And I thought McHale did a great job last season.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    True@Phil, I like’em though Rockets are cool but their chance was with Yao & he’s long gone(sadly). Am I the only one that thinks Yao at his prime was close to if not better than Shaq? Oh I’m the only one, ok. But yeah Lowry to the Knicks for Lin.

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

    Kyle Lowry to the magic for Dwight…

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Come to Chi-town Kyle!! Back up or co-exist with Drose!! Paxson make it happen!!

  • http://Vangrackstyle@yahoo.com Dallas Stokes

    Dear Orlando Magic: Thanks idiots for starting a epidemic!!! Lowery or Dragic? Like either has a shoe with their name on the side or a poster on anybody’s wall. HAhahahahahahah!!!! Dorks

  • http://www.sportsgrid.com/media/shaq-kobe-highlights/ shutup

    Yao better than Shaq? nah, not even close.

  • What

    Redd you should find a different sport because you do not know yacksheet about bball, my friend.

  • Drig

    Are they still interested in Pau?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    I don’t, and your reasoning is? Oh, me liking Yao’s game more? Oh my bad for having an opinion. If you paid attention, I said no one else agrees with me beforehand(I’m sure of that). But I like Yao more, get over it & learn to read and understand not everyone likes the same things in life.

  • Ismael

    Trade his ass, Dragic is better and more fun to watch!

  • bigA

    @redd before you where talking about who was better

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Cosign ismael…Dragic is a beast and is about to get PAID!! Just see what happens this summer but Lowry shoulda been

  • http://www.nba.com Shadojoker

    Cosign ismael…Dragic is a beast and is about to get PAID!! Just see what happens this summer but Lowry shoulda been an allstar though..

  • Bt

    If dragic leaves Phoenix should get him as a replacement for Nash and to play alongside rondo. Those two forming a back court with Joe Johnson would be deadly … Oh wait Sarver got rid of those two or traded the draft pick for cash.

  • dsgfsd

    rockets get: eyenga, webster, pekovic, barea, 2rd pick

    wolves get: gasol, k. martin, 1rd pick

    lakers get: d.williams, lowry, milicic, w.johnson, 2rd pick

  • Mack

    Raptors should take a shot at him hes a great starter at the 1, I don’t get how he and Dragic couldn’t play together though :/

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Big A you lack the understanding of comprehension, I forgive you. I don’t think Lowry would be good for the Raps, they got a decent PG already what will getting Lowry do really.

  • Justin G.

    Redd is starting to reach The Seed levels for absurdity (shout out to nbk using his favourite word). Yao better than Shaq and why would the Raptors want Lowry? smh

  • yc

    i take lowry over caldron

  • Bobitto

    For those of you who don’t remember, Lowry was playing out of his mind before his injuries sidelined him. He was leading them into playoff contention and was top 5 in the league in assists. I’m not calling him a star, but he’s basically put his name in that 2nd tier of PG’s in the league today with Conley, Lawson, Lin, etc. Dragic just played well in his absence and was once supposed to be the successor to Steve Nash in phoenix had he not been traded, so you know he has learned something from a hall of fame player which I’m sure the rockets value. Lowry is a solid player and will be on a team in the nba no matter what next year.

  • Ldub

    I like Lowry. He was putting up great #’s before his injury. Damn near a trip dub every game with like 2 steals. Come on to Miami Lowry. He would be a great addition to locking up PG’s and dishing to Wade and James. Plus he can knock down open shots like Chalmers…It would definitely work.