HoopsHype Kevin McHale rumors

LATEST HOOPSHYPE VIDEOS

February 26, 2015 Updates

"We had no idea we were going to take him in the first round," McHale, vice president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, says. "I didn't even want to go see him. I thought it was a waste of time. Then we went, and Flip Saunders [then Minnesota's general manager] and I were in the car afterward, and we just looked at each other. I said, 'Wow, we're going to pick a high school kid in the first round.' It was that obvious. "This was our first draft. Flip and I were both new. Our owner was also new. How do you tell him that the first thing he's going to do is sign this high school kid? I think we figured if it went bad, we'd just say, 'Hey, it was our first draft. We didn't know what we were doing.'" Sports Illustrated

February 15, 2015 Updates

McHale played through a number of ankle injuries (that required surgery) and debilitating back pain his last few seasons. He could have retired when Larry Bird did in the summer of 1992, but McHale came back for one more go around, doing so on a team that was clearly not a contender. There was a simple reason for that. “I wanted to go out playing, and we made it to a playoff series and we lost but I went out playing as hard as I possibly could. I found a little magic in a bottle for a couple weeks and played pretty good, then that was the end of it,” said McHale, who averaged 19.6 points per game on 58 percent shooting during that first-round playoff loss to Charlotte in 1993. “It’s hard. You’re used to being able to do things, you’re used to your body responding, and if you’re a good player you’re used to your body bouncing back and doing a lot of stuff. You never really thought it could not hold up, but at some point it goes down.” NBC Sports

February 11, 2015 Updates
February 3, 2015 Updates
January 30, 2015 Updates
January 28, 2015 Updates
January 26, 2015 Updates

But McHale didn't seem so sure the 36-year-old Bryant would be able to rebound from another potential season-ending injury, this time a torn rotator cuff in Bryant's right shoulder suffered last week in a loss at New Orleans. "Eventually, this catches up to you, man," McHale said Sunday before the Rockets beat the Lakers 99-87 at Staples Center. "Kobe's a great player, but I've seen other great players. When your time's up, your time's up, man. It's too bad, but it happens to everybody. "I wish him all the best. I've always admired him. I think he's a hell of a competitor, but everything comes to an end. In my case, my body just said, 'You weren't playing anymore,' and I said, 'OK.' " ESPN.com

January 25, 2015 Updates
January 13, 2015 Updates

When Hollins, who took last season off after his contract wasn’t renewed by Memphis, found himself without a head-coaching opportunity, he contemplated a return to the bench as an assistant. One of the head coaches he spoke with was his Monday night counterpart, Kevin McHale. Talks weren’t extensive and he was never offered a spot on McHale’s staff according to Hollins, who just wanted to be back in the NBA. It was more of an exchange of philosophies. New York Daily News

January 12, 2015 Updates
January 7, 2015 Updates
January 4, 2015 Updates

Smith scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in his Houston debut, which resulted in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He was then given a spot in his new team’s starting lineup, but after producing little there in his last four games, Rockets head coach Kevin McHale sent him back to the bench. After shooting a combined 9-of-31 in his last four contests, Donatas Montiejunas was re-inserted into the starting lineup for Houston’s home contest against the Heat on Saturday. NBCSports.com

January 3, 2015 Updates

He pulled every starter, with the Rockets down 23 points and the New Orleans Pelicans irrevocably on their way to a 111-83 rout, the Rockets’ biggest blowout loss of the season in the first game they trailed from start to finish. “I have no clue,” center Dwight Howard said of McHale’s motivation for benching his starters. But McHale thought it was obvious. “Were you watching the game?” he said. “We didn’t play very well.” Houston Chronicle

December 30, 2014 Updates
December 27, 2014 Updates

The Rockets released rookie center Tarik Black on Friday to make room for veteran forward Josh Smith, but they also praised Black’s longshot success in making the roster and contributing as the fill-in starting center when Dwight Howard was out. “Tarik did a great job,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. “I told him he’ll be picked up in our league. I told him in preseason, I said ‘Tarik, you have to go out and open people’s eyes. You didn’t get drafted.’ But he came in and had (15) rebounds in a (preseason) game. Everybody around the league is saying, ‘Dang, what did we miss on Tarik Black?’ “He’s on people’s radar. He’ll get another job. He’s a great kid. I really liked coaching him. A wonderful young man. We’re going to miss him. It’s a tough business this league.” Houston Chronicle

December 24, 2014 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.