HoopsHype Kevin McHale rumors

December 19, 2014 Updates

The trade reunites Brewer with Rockets coach Kevin McHale, the guy who drafted him seventh overall in 2007 and coached him for four-plus months to end the 2008-09 season. "To get traded to a team where the guy who's coaching you is the guy who drafted you with the seventh pick, that's my guy, I love Mac," Brewer said. Brewer noted other connections: Rockets assistant J.B. Bickerstaff worked him out in Minnesota pre-draft 2007, assistant Greg Buckner was a veteran on the team Brewer's rookie year and T.R. Dunn was an assistant with the Wolves last season. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 17, 2014 Updates

The Rockets, meanwhile, have been known to ‎covet Brewer since last season, with sources saying they registered trade interest in the 28-year-old even before Brewer uncorked a career-high 51 points against Houston late last season. Rockets coach Kevin McHale drafted Brewer in Minnesota when he was still the Wolves' general manager and, according to sources, spoke directly to Brewer last month when the Wolves gave Houston permission to do so. ESPN.com

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“The two offers were (Lakers center) Andrew Bynum, and I was afraid of his knees, and Big Al — and then some draft choices and other throw-ins and stuff like that,” McHale said. “I liked Andrew Bynum as a player. I liked Al, because he was a better scorer, but when you looked at Bynum, I was just so afraid of his knees and all the stuff that goes with that. “I know what people say about me and Danny, but if you look at what the Celtics (offered), Al and the picks, it was the best of the offers that were out there. I was actually surprised in one way, because there weren’t many teams we could deal with.” That factor came into play last year when the Celts traded Paul Pierce and Garnett to Brooklyn in what ended up being a limited market. But in ’07, it caught McHale a bit off-guard. Boston Herald

It’s interesting to note that things might have been different with Love and his desire to stay in Minnesota had not the Wolves dealt away another very good big man in July 2010. McHale was gone before that happened. “The year I was let go, I said to the owner, ‘If you keep Kevin Love and Al (Jefferson) together, you’ll have a really good (No.) 4 and 5,’ ” he said. “And last year I think one was second-team All-Pro (Love) and one was third-team All-Pro (Jefferson), so you could have had two really good building blocks there. “I thought they had a chance, if they kept them together, to be really good. But then they changed management, and Al gets traded for a loaf of bread and a bunch of other stuff (to Utah for Kosta Koufos and two picks), so none of that got to happen. The whole key was building around those two guys. If you have two of the top 15 players in the league, you have a chance to be a pretty good team.” Boston Herald

Saunders, who had come back to run the club and was also taking on coaching duties, was trying to get all he could for Love, whom he eventually dealt to Cleveland in a three-team maneuver that netted top overall draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and more. “I just knew that Flip was in a really tough position,” McHale told the Herald. “You’re almost in a no-win position, because you’re going to try to get back assets — you’re trying to get back young players — and then you’re going to try to tell your people to be patient while those young players try to hopefully move up to where you can be competitive again. Boston Herald

November 5, 2014 Updates

The Houston Rockets had just dismantled the Miami Heat in AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday night to become the season's first 5-0 team. After the game, I asked Rockets coach Kevin McHale if he thought that people were sleeping on his team a bit after famously getting left at the altar by Chris Bosh this summer and parting ways with Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. The response was classic McHale, who has long shown little tolerance for media prodding and perception. "I don't know," McHale said, shaking his head. "I'm going to be sleeping in about 45 minutes. That's the only sleep I'm worried about." ESPN.com

We laughed. He continued. "I don't know, man," McHale said. "Let me tell you something -- this is the truth, too -- I don't care what anybody thinks. Why would I care what you thought? I don't care about anything. I care about what we do in that locker room with our guys. All that caring goes away as soon as you step on that floor. Then you have to go out there and compete." ESPN.com

October 31, 2014 Updates

Veteran NBA forward Josh Powell, waived by the Rockets last week, has remained with the team to try his hand at coaching while he considers his next move. If he chooses to retire as a player, he could then officially join the Rockets’ staff as a player development coach working with Rockets big men. “It just fell into place,” Powell said. “I don’t ever question what God has in store. One door closes and another one opens. Coach (Kevin McHale) is being patient with me. Everyone has been real helpful in helping me through the transition process. I look forward to a new chapter and an exciting opportunity.” Houston Chronicle

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“I said years ago, you could say anything you wanted to,” McHale said. “You could say, ‘Detroit sucked’ and it made the Detroit paper, it made the Boston paper and then maybe someone would ask you about it in one other city, Cleveland or wherever. Now if you said something like that, every city you went to they’d ask, ‘Why did you say that?’ God forbid that you say something about a guy you’re playing against that you don’t like. “There seems to be an unbelievable need among the players and in the league for everyone to like each other. I really don’t like that. I like when guys don’t like each other. I actually like when guys really dislike each other. I think it makes for better competition.” NBA.com

September 19, 2014 Updates

“Actually, what I was thinking was I didn’t want to be thinking like five years later that I had this opportunity and didn’t do it,” Papanikolaou said. “This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I didn’t want to miss it. I thought, ‘This is the time.’ I spoke with the GM (Daryl Morey). The coach himself (Kevin McHale) called me. That means a lot to a player. But I just didn’t want to be stupid and lose this opportunity to be here, to live this dream to go to the NBA.” Houston Chronicle

September 11, 2014 Updates

Mark Berman: More Kevin McHale: "...in the playoffs..and we need guys to rebound. We were a poor rebounding team last year." Twitter @MarkBermanFox26

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