HoopsHype Kevin McHale rumors

May 3, 2014 Updates

Locker-room unease has been bubbling during this series. And McHale's perceived shortcomings as an in-game strategist have been a talking point going back to his days on Minnesota's bench. But sources insisted again this week that, to date, there has been no tangible evidence to suggest that the Rockets have a coaching change in mind. ESPN.com

They still have to formally pick up McHale's 2014-15 option to remove any doubt. And links to Stan Van Gundy, Howard's old Orlando coach, are bound to persist until Stan is coaching somewhere else. ESPN.com

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"When we have a plan, you've got to stick with it," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said of Lin's turnover with 29 seconds remaining in regulation and Houston clinging to a two-point lead. "When we got the rebound, we said unless we had a clear break, we were going to take a timeout. Jeremy gets the defensive rebound and dribbles it out, and we lose the ball. I mean, I don't know, we couldn't be any clearer than a clear break or timeout. "It's not his fault. He made basketball plays. It's just saying, that was typical of what we did tonight. And we had some defensive times where we just stood there and watched guys shoot the ball. We can't do that. We gotta get up on em." ESPN.com

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The Houston Rockets have yet to pick up their option on the fourth year of Kevin McHale's contract, but sources close to the situation said this week that support for Houston's coach remains strong within the organization and among key players despite the team's struggles thus far in the playoffs. ESPN.com

Although there is no guarantee he would survive a first-round exit -- particularly a sweep -- sources told ESPN.com that the prevailing feeling in team circles is that McHale "deserves more than one season with this group." McHale has strong support from high-profile Rockets such as Howard and forward Chandler Parsons, sources said, and it's believed general manager Daryl Morey and his front office also prefers to see this group -- which is the youngest team in the postseason with an average age of 25.7 -- grow together. ESPN.com

April 20, 2014 Updates

Rockets coach Kevin McHale would not directly say he would play Asik and Howard together again, elevating it only from a topic he would not discuss to “it’s possible. “We haven’t done it a lot lately,” he said. “They were effective earlier at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we’re having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him.” Houston Chronicle

Aldridge had several monster games against Houston this season and averaged 26.5 points and 15.5 rebounds per game against Houston this season. He also committed just four turnovers all season against Houston in 156 minutes of action. "He's a helluva player. He's a tough shot maker, he can shoot over the top," Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said. "We're going to give him some different looks, we're going to do some different things to try to get him off his game. He's one of those guys, that if he's making those tough turnaround fadeaways, it's hard (to stop him)." "He's a tough shot maker, and tough shot-makers, they at times can get you down," McHale added. "We just have to make him take a lot of shots to get his points. Where he's really hurt us is on the boards. He's hammered us with his rebounding. that's a big area for us. We've got to handle the boards." CSN Houston

March 19, 2014 Updates

"I would have done things differently in Houston," Lowry says. "I really respected Kevin McHale. I wish I would have had an opportunity to play for him longer. The things he was teaching me, well, I didn't understand right away. When you get away from someone, though, see it from the outside looking in, you go back and think, 'Damn, I could've learned some more things from the guy.' "I wanted to stay with Coach Adelman and needed to get over that. [McHale] came in with a different philosophy, and I wish I could've adapted to it quicker." Yahoo! Sports

March 13, 2014 Updates

"He's played very well. Noah should be defensive player of the year," McHale said after his team's shootaround at Moody Bible Institute. "He's done a great job with these guys. They've been winning a lot just on his energy and effort, his kind of determination and toughness. Those are all qualities everybody appreciates." ESPN.com

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Rockets coach Kevin McHale isn’t surprised at the year Phoenix guard Goran Dragic is having. Dragic, who is averaging 20.1 points per game for the Suns this season, played for the Rockets two seasons ago, in McHale’s first year coaching the team. “I saw Goran do the same things for 20 games or whatever it was when Kyle Lowry was hurt when he was here with us,” McHale said. “It was very impressive. I have seen him do it before and (Phoenix coach Jeff) Hornacek has opened it up for him. He runs up and down the floor. He attacks. He is just a clever guy with the ball. He is a very good basketball player. I think that he has been for awhile.” Houston Chronicle

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