HoopsHype Kevin McHale rumors

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Kevin McHale watched last summer as his friend, Danny Ainge, brought the curtain down on the Celtics’ latest championship era, trading Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Nets. The Rockets coach couldn’t help but think back more than 20 years to a time when he was nearly the Celtics Hall of Famer-to-be sent packing. Involved sources confirmed again yesterday that the deal was never at the take-it-or-leave-it stage, but there was interest on both sides in a late 1989 move that would have shipped McHale to Dallas for a package that included Detlef Schrempf and Sam Perkins. The teams were at the point where they realized they would need to expand the transaction to satisfy NBA salary cap rules, but that issue was rendered moot when Red Auerbach voiced his opinion and the Celts backed off. Boston Herald

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With the Rockets heading to their final preseason games, coach Kevin McHale said he would not be playing a rotation based on getting last game-time looks before Monday’s roster cut-down. The Rockets must trim the roster by three players. Rookie Troy Daniels is expected to be waived by Saturday. Two additional cuts will be made Monday. Houston Chronicle

October 22, 2013 Updates

As questions continue to swirl about who the Rockets’ starting point guard is this season, Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley played several minutes together Monday night. Lin started at point guard and played 33 minutes. Beverley came off the bench and played 26. “I thought (Lin) did a lot of nice things,” coach Kevin McHale said. “He broke people down; he had eight assists. Between he and (Beverley), they had 13 assists and four turnovers. I liked when they were both in the game.” Houston Chronicle

Dwight Howard and Omer Asik played 15 minutes together on Monday as the Houston Rockets experimented with their big lineup against the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets showed some flashes of quality with the pairing, but they also struggled with rotations on defense and spacing on offense. "There's a lot of unknowns," Kevin McHale said. "They're both diligent. They're both intelligent. They both have really good instincts defensively. That should work defensively. Offensively, it maybe jammed up a little bit more. They'll figure it out." Houston Chronicle

October 18, 2013 Updates

For months, one of the most intriguing questions about the Rockets has been how Omer Asik and Dwight Howard will fit together. The answer to that is coming, as Omer Asik had his first full practice on Thursday after battling a calf injury since the beginning of training camp. “He did everything today, so that is a great sign,” coach Kevin McHale said. James Harden said Asik looked ready to get back on the court. “Omer looked really good,” Harden said. “Explosive, strong, finished the ball real well, ran the floor real well.” Houston Chronicle

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A nation of basketball fanatics finally got NBA basketball. A game, or at least a yearning, six decades in the making gripped Manila as preseason game normally could not, as finally the Rockets and Pacers put on the show they had promised, inspired it seemed to have been cherished so greatly. As the game moved to its final seconds, with the Rockets dribbling out the clock on a 116-96 wire-to-wire rout of last season’s Eastern Conference Finalists, the crowd roared and then rose to offer a final salute. “It was a good experience. It was a fun night,” Rockets coach Kevin McHale. “It had a nice vice, a nice amount of energy in the arena.” Houston Chronicle

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The first experiment seems to be more formal than anything. Coach Kevin McHale intends to be play the 7-foot-2 Asik and the 6-9 (by his admission) Howard together for stretches. "If it works really well, it'll be a lot. If it looks like crap, it won't be much," McHale said of how much he'll play his two true centers. "We're going to find out and we're going to give it every opportunity to work." ESPN.com

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Not surprisingly, Houston Head Coach Kevin McHale hasn't ruled anything out at this early juncture. “A lot of it’s going to depend on lineups, matchups, and stuff like that,” he says. “We’re going to try a lot of different things. Our lineups are not set in stone by any stretch of the imagination. There’s still guys fighting for starting spots, there’s still guys fighting for playing time and being in the rotation – there’s all kinds of stuff going on. “They both make each other better and they’re both competing very hard against each other knowing that they’re both going to fight for time out there. I really like what I see from both guys. I think Jeremy had a really good summer, Pat had a very good summer, they’re both in great shape, they’re both out here focused and playing well so I think it’s good to have a guy pushing you. “The competition just makes you better.” NBA.com

September 25, 2013 Updates

Kevin McHale: I think we're going to play basically the same style. We have to get better defensively, and with Dwight we have to have more of an emphasis on trying to get the ball in the post. Through Dwight running and Dwight doing different things, I think we can do that without really having to change our identity. We still want to get the ball up and down the floor. We still want to be aggressive and run and attack offensively. I think we have two of the top rim protectors in Dwight and Omer, so we have to use those guys. I'd like to use them together. It gives us a chance to have a defensive presence and run off our defense a little more. Our style will change a little bit because our personnel changes, but it won't change dramatically. At least I hope it doesn't. Houston Chronicle

Are you confident you can play Dwight and Omer together? Kevin McHale: I'm definitely going to give it a shot. Your job is to try to put your best players on the floor. Omer is one of our best players. We have to figure out how we're going to get him on the floor. That's going to be a big thing where we're able to get them on the floor together. We'll rebound very well. They have to space each other. There's going to be some challenges. I'm really looking forward to see. I want it to work. We'll see if it does work. Houston Chronicle

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Keeping with the expectations theme, a reporter asked Olynyk whether he got a chance to talk with Kevin McHale at summer league. Olynyk seemed momentarily puzzled as to why he would have been fraternizing with the coach of the Houston Rockets. The reporter explained that, in Boston, a player is invariably compared to those who came before him and the slick post moves Olynyk displayed in Orlando, along with a polished offensive skill set, had triggered some comparisons to McHale, a Hall of Famer who helped bring three NBA titles to Boston. No pressure, kid. Your two most popular summer comparisons have been McHale and childhood idol Dirk Nowitzki. "To be compared to [McHale], man, that's a pretty good comparison, just to be in the same sentence with a guy like that," Olynyk said. "Or Dirk, for that matter. Those are two great names. And any time you're in a sentence, or in the same breath, as one of those guys, you have to feel humbled and honored to even be in that position. I would only hope that my career goes as well as those two." ESPN.com

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And get this: McHale, who is now entrusted with getting inside Dwight Howard’s head (best of luck, Kev), thinks Olynyk’s game will improve concurrently with the level of competition. “Watching him at Gonzaga, I always liked him. But I always though, geez, is he athletic enough?” McHale said. “You always had questions. “But watching him here, his ability with more spacing on the floor and how the NBA game is played is magnified. His intelligence actually shows more here than it did in college. “The NBA game is spaced better, and he’s going to be able to play his game better in that kind of situation. I just like him.” Boston Herald

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