The “Houston Chronicle” reported Friday that the Houston Rockets and Basketball Hall Of Fame Member Kevin McHale have reached an agreement in principle for McHale to become the team’s next head coach. He will replace Rick Adelman who the team terminated at the end of the regular season. McHale has been a TV analyst since he was dismissed by the Minnesota Timberwolves as their head coach following the 2008-2009 campaign.
The former power forward for the Boston Celtics was named Vice President Of Basketball Operations for the T-Wolves back in 1995. He had two stints on the bench, both times replacing coaches that were fired by the club. McHale took over for Flip Saunders after he was dismissed in 2005 and went 19-12. He also took over after the club fired Randy Wittman in the 2008-2009 campaign and ended with a record of 20-43.
The Rockets had a 43-39 mark under Adelman this past season and missed making the Playoffs by three games. The team played without All-Star center Yao Ming most of the season who underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture in his ankle. The center becomes a Free Agent on July 1, and Houston is still undecided on whether to bring him back for next season.
McHale won three NBA Titles as a player with the Celtics during the eighties. Ironically two of the Celtics Titles came at the expense of the Rockets whom Boston would beat in the NBA Finals in 1981 and 1986.