May 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale laughs before game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets See Kevin McHale as “Key” In Bringing in Dwight Howard


The Houston Rockets biggest objective last offseason was to acquire Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic. They loaded up on first-round draft picks and tried to make a run at landing him. This offseason, it’s the same goal but a different approach as the Rockets top target once free agency starts on July 1 will be Dwight Howard.

This time around though the Rockets are preparing a generous cash offer to Howard directly rather than trying to put together a package of picks and players that appease the team he’s under contract with. But according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Rockets view head coach Kevin McHale as a key player in pitching Dwight Howard the idea of playing in Houston.

Boston needs a head coach but Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics may be looking at younger coaches and won’t take on a seasoned veteran like McHale even if he has extremely deep ties with the ball club.

McHale would have been a nice option but he’s got a really good thing going for him in Houston as Dwight Howard coming to the team currently in place means the Rockets are instantly favorites in the Western Conference. They gave the defending conference champions a run for their money this postseason and the future seems bright in Houston.

A future that includes Kevin McHale.

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  • Jah

    Mchale a seasoned veteran??? Pleased. Look at his tenure with the Timberwolves and ask their fans if they miss McHale.

    The thing McHale had going for him was no other than James Harden himself. James Harden was traded to the Rockets this year and he wanted to proved the Thunders they made a mistake, and McHale rode that through the whole season and unfairly gets credit as an elite Coach when he is nowhere near an elite-level Coach. George Karl would be an upgrade over McHale. So would Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillian.

    McHale’s defense was ranked near last and Rockets fans knows enough about having a defensive presence from our days with Jeff Van Gundy and a number of defensive minded players. This year squad was clearly lacking in that regard and if anyone thinks Parsons is an elite-level defender because Kobe said so, is being down-right silly.

    We can do better for Dwight Howard, and surround him with better defensive minded player and a competent coaching staff other than McHale.