Kevin McHale Rumors
“I don’t want to hear this shit at all.” That’s what was going through my head. It was late in the 2011-12 season. I was with the Houston Rockets, and we were in Denver playing the Nuggets. Kevin McHale was talking to me during the game, but I don’t really remember what he said because I was tuning him out. There were a few other incidents like it that year. I remember a film session where he called me out, and I didn’t like it. Moments where my mindset became, Damn, this might not work out. McHale’s coaching style is exactly like his playing style: hard-nosed, rugged, up in your face. It’s about team, team, team, and doing whatever it takes to be the best teammate possible. He pushed each player hard to make his team the best. But I didn’t know how to interpret his style. I didn’t understand his philosophy.
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When asked about his firing, which came after the Rockets started the season 4-7 after last year’s trip to the Western Conference Finals, McHale said it “really, really suprised me. I never had a team as a coach that I wasn’t able to motivate. It was so short – 11 games. We won 56 games the year before and got to the Western Conference Finals with that exact same team, for the most part.”
McHale was then asked about the recent wave of coach firings – Brooklyn’s Lionel Hollins, Cleveland’s David Blatt, Phoenix’s Jeff Hornacek and New York’s Derek Fisher have all been sacked in the past month. “If your name’s not Gregg Popovich – rent, don’t buy,” said McHale, referring to the longtime Spurs coach. “There are so many players with so much pull inside the league … It’s just rough right now in the coaching profession.”