Kevin McHale Rumors
Championships: 3 (1981, 1984, 1986). Coaches: Bill Fitch (1981). K.C. Jones (1984, 1986). Bob Ryan: Larry Bird. Remember him? He was great, all right, but he wasn’t enough. He was the 1979-80 Rookie of the Year, but the 76ers had little trouble dispatching the Celtics in five games, largely because the Celtics were too small. But Auerbach rectified that on draft day in 1980 by pulling off an almost shameful heist, swapping his Nos. 1 and 13 draft spots for No. 3 and Robert Parish, a misused 7-foot center out there in the Bay Area. With that third pick, Auerbach took a gangly 6-11 kid from Minnesota named Kevin McHale. The result? Championship No. 14 was produced that very first year. Suddenly, the Celtics had a monstrous frontcourt, and don’t forget Cedric Maxwell, whose 28-point, 15-rebound, 10-for-13 performance in the pivotal Game 5 against Houston nailed down his Finals MVP.
Jason Terry: For me, coaching was in me early. And then as I got later in my career, I served as the veteran in the locker room. Kevin McHale and J.B. Bickerstaff in Houston [Rockets] allowed me to be a part of the coaches’ meetings. And a year and two years later, Jason Kidd was my coach in Milwaukee [Bucks], he allowed me to start doing some scouting. He allowed me to do player development and allowed me to be a part of the coaches’ meetings as well. The fire was lit. My first year out I was the assistant GM with the [G League’s] Texas Legends, evaluating talent, trying to put a team together and learning the business of basketball. Then when I became an assistant at [University of] Arizona, I worked under Sean Miller, and I learned about recruiting, compliance, some strategy type things. But a lot of that was already in me because I was student of the game.
Justin Kubatko: Jayson Tatum last night: ✅ 16 PTS ✅ 10 REB ✅ 8 AST He became the seventh player in @Boston Celtics history to record a 2,000-point season: 4 – Larry Bird 4 – Paul Pierce 2 – John Havlicek 1 – Sam Jones 1 – Kevin McHale 1 – Isaiah Thomas 1 – Tatum pic.twitter.com/84v0LOysvL
Chandler Parsons: I was on my rookie deal and I was a restricted free agent. So this was actually when we brought Dwight and we did the deal. Basically Mark Cuban came in and he gave me a crazy max deal with a no-trade clause, a player option in the last year… As a restricted free agent, you kind of have to do that to get the team not to match. At the time I loved playing with James Harden, I loved playing with Kevin McHale and Dwight and I just thought you know what? Dallas… Dirk Nowitzki is my favorite player of all time. They got Monta Ellis. Everyone who plays with Rick Carlisle with this crazy offense, pick and roll, threes… as a shooter I couldn’t think of a better offense and I accepted the offer and Houston didn’t match. It was awesome. I love Dallas.
Chandler Parsons: 'Kobe Bryant paid me a $22,000 club bill... this dude was cool as f---'
Chandler Parsons story on Kobe Bryant: So my rookie year we’re playing in Staples Center. Kevin McHale pulls me aside and tells me ‘you’re gonna see crazy people, you’re gonna see celebrities there and Kobe is gonna try and bust your ass, like he’s gonna be offended you’re guarding him.’ First of all, I’m just looking at the court side. My head’s on a swivel, I’ve never seen this before, right? I’m like, goddamn, this is great. Denzel Washington is there, this chick is there… I’m already distracted. And of course I’m starting on Kobe. A little side note: Jordan Hill that year had got traded from Houston to LA. So the fourth quarter comes around and Kobe looks at me and he’s like, ‘are you guys staying the night tonight?’ And I’m like, making sure McHale is not looking at me and I’m like ‘yeah, what up? We’re staying.’ He goes, ‘I’ll set you up. I’ll get your number from Hill if you want to go out tonight’. McHale is over there grilling me like ‘stop talking to this motherf—–’. So he ends up going off, he scores like 40 that game and we lose. After the game we’re going to have dinner at the Katsuya LA Live. We’re with all the OGs, right? We’re with Marcus Camby and they’re all taking me out. I get a text that goes ‘You’re all set at Supper Club – Mamba’. And I’m like, looking around like ‘alright, who’s f—— with me?’ Like, no way. Courtney Lee was my guy and I’m like, showing him like, is this real? So I write him back. I’m like, are you coming? And he’s like ‘no, I can’t make it but my guy will hit you up’. Guy texts me ‘Hey, you’re set up, let me know what you need at Supper Club’, whatever.
Chandler Parsons: So at this point, I’m like, guys, I got you. Kobe’s my guy. He set it up. Let’s go! JB Bickerstaff is there. I’m bringing coaches. I’m bringing trainers. This is ‘I got it’. And we have a blast, right? We have the craziest night ever. Supper Club was the club where the tables were beds. It was awesome. It was nuts. Then 2 AM rolls around. I’m with these guys that made hundreds of millions of dollars and this waitress beelines right to me with the check. And I’m like, ‘oh shit!’… She’s bringing me this bill for God knows how much and I’m like, oh man. I open it and it’s like $22,000 and now at this point I’m like, physically sick. I can’t do this because the card’s gonna bounce! I’ll never forget it, this chick looks at me, hands me a pen and says ‘sign for Mr. Bryant’. And I’m like, what?! A made a video of the whole thing, I’m so excited. I signed ‘Kobe Bryant’ on a $22,000 club bill… This dude was cool as f—.