College - Minnesota
Kevin McHale was named the 12th head coach in Rockets history on June 1, 2011. He joined the Rockets after spending the past two seasons as an analyst for NBA TV and Turner Sports. McHale’s time in the NBA spans more than three decades as a player, executive, coach and television commentator.
McHale owns an overall record of 39-55 (.415) in two stints as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He became the sixth head coach in Timberwolves annals on Feb. 12, 2005, taking over after Flip Saunders was relieved of his coaching duties. He compiled a 19-12 record over the remainder of the 2004-05 season. McHale became one of six members from Boston’s 1985-86 championship team to serve as an NBA head coach (Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson, Sam Vincent and Rick Carlisle).
On Dec. 8, 2008, McHale stepped down as Vice President of Basketball Operations and transitioned into his second stint as head coach of the Timberwolves by taking over for Randy Wittman. Beginning with a victory at New York (12/26/08), McHale helped the Timberwolves rebound with a 12-4 mark over their next 16 outings, which included a five-game winning streak (1/2/09-1/10/09). McHale was also named Western Conference Coach of the Month for Jan. 2009 after guiding the Timberwolves to a 10-4 mark during that month. Leading scorer Al Jefferson sustained a season-ending knee injury at New Orleans (2/8/09) to derail Minnesota’s ascent under McHale.
Upon his retirement as an NBA player, McHale joined the Timberwolves as a television analyst and special assistant. On Aug. 18, 1994, new Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor promoted him to Assistant General Manager. He continued to broadcast Minnesota games and work as an executive until May 11, 1995, when he succeeded Jack McCloskey as Vice President of Basketball Operations. In this role, McHale was credited for hiring Saunders as head coach and made the decision to draft high school phenom Kevin Garnett with the fifth-overall pick of the 1995 NBA Draft. Overall, all eight playoff appearances by Minnesota and all four 50-win squads in team history came while he was overseeing team personnel.
His biggest transaction came on July 31, 2007, when McHale acquired the up-and-coming Jefferson from Boston in a trade that sent Garnett to the Celtics. McHale and his staff also signed Jefferson to a multi-year deal to remain with Minnesota. The next big splash came on June 26, 2008, when McHale orchestrated a draft-night deal that netted the Timberwolves a talented big man in forward Kevin Love and veteran sharpshooter Mike Miller from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for the draft rights to O.J. Mayo. Through deals with Boston, Miami, Philadelphia and Houston, McHale also acquired a number of future draft picks, including three additional first-round selections and another three second-round picks.
Prior to his NBA front office career, McHale displayed a history of success in the game of basketball. On Oct. 1, 1999, McHale was recognized for his achievements on the court with induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In typical McHale style, he gave credit to his teammates for helping him to get there, but no one goes into the Hall of Fame without a lot of hard work and personal accomplishment. On July 8, 2000, he was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame. During the 1997 NBA All-Star Game, he was honored as one of the NBA’s Top-50 Players for the league’s first half-century. To coincide with the University of Minnesota’s 100th Anniversary, he was selected as top player in the history of Minnesota men’s basketball on Feb. 18, 1995. McHale's #32 jersey was retired by the Boston Celtics on Jan. 30, 1994. In 1992, McHale was elected to the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame.
McHale played 13 seasons for Boston before retiring in the spring of 1993. A seven-time NBA All-Star (1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991), McHale helped lead the Celtics to three NBA championships (1981, 1984 and 1986), five Eastern Conference titles and eight Atlantic Division crowns. He was voted the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year twice (1984 and 1985) and was selected to the All-NBA First Team in 1987. He was also named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team three times (1986, 1987 and 1988) and the Second Team on another three occasions (1983, 1989 and 1990). Overall, the 6-10 forward/center averaged 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 971 career regular season games. In 169 playoff contests, McHale increased his averages to 18.8 points and 7.4 rebounds. A first-round selection (third overall) by the Celtics in the 1980 NBA Draft, McHale went on to earn First-Team NBA All-Rookie accolades in 1981.
As a collegian, McHale posted career averages of 15.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in four seasons at Minnesota, earning First-Team All-Big Ten honors in 1979 and 1980. In high school, McHale was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball of 1976 and led his squad to a runner-up finish in the Minnesota Class AA State Basketball Championship Game.
McHale and his wife, Lynn, have five children, Kristyn, Michael, Joseph, Alexandra and Thomas.