Kevin McHale Rumors
Kevin McHale dropped two references to the Real Madrid playmaker during a Monday interview with Charlie Pallilo on Sports Talk 790: “We’d love to bring over Sergio Llull from Spain. Signing a Sergio Lull would be huge.”
Right about the time Kevin McHale and his Houston Rockets were dying the death of a thousand Hack-a-Shaq cuts on Sunday night, the man who helped Shaquille O’Neal with his free throws so many years ago had his own ailment to worry about. “I’m barfing watching this (expletive)!” Buzz Braman text-messaged during the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 128-95 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals that put them up 3-1 on the Rockets.
Rockets forward Josh Smith: “It’s a decision that the coach made, and you have to just roll with it. Whatever he decides to do.” Howard: “I don’t think that was the reason (they lost the game). I don’t think it had an effect on the game.” For McHale’s part, he said that Howard’s early foul trouble inspired the move. “We were just trying to see if we could muck up the game a little bit,” McHale said. “We didn’t. We came back in and we kind of had to play small, so we just thought maybe we could get them out of their rhythm a little bit.”
The Houston Rockets aggressively used the Hack-a-DJ in the first half of their Game 4 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan attempted 28 free throws in the first half. “Personally I don’t like it,” said James Harden. “But a lot of coaches have different philosophies on the game.”
“I heard them saying, ‘Well, they shot too many free throws.’ Well, quit hacking us,” McHale said. “We shoot a lot of free throws when you decide that you’re just going to get in the penalty and start hacking everybody. You end up (with your opponent) shooting a lot of free throws when you put in your backup, backup center (Ekpe Udoh) to just grab guys. “James (Harden) goes downhill and plays hard. There’s a lot of contact when James plays. I can show you every game, five where he clearly gets grabbed and they don’t call. But I mean, James runs downt he floor. The referees are not trying to screw anybody. It’s a hard game to referee. I’m the worst referee in practices you’ve ever seen. I never blow my whistle. It’s a tough game to call. I don’t put too much into all that.”
Jonathan Feigen: McHale on Barnes Game 2 trash talking: “You don’t say anything to someone’s (mother). I never thought of talking bad about Magic’s mother. It’s hard enough talking crap to Magic. We all talked smack, but nothing like that. That thougth never crossed your mind.”
ESPN: Are you surprised McHale wasn’t higher in the Coach of the Year voting? Morey: I thought it was terrible. I continue to not understand what criteria people are using. Our own hometown paper didn’t vote him first, second or third, and it’s very frustrating.