Kevin McHale Hired As Rockets' New Head Coach

The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to make Kevin McHale the team's new head coach.

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Kevin McHale Hired As Houston Rockets' New Head Coach

Kevin McHale has been hired as the Houston Rockets' new head coach, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. News broke Thursday that, after three interviews with the former general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Rockets offered McHale the job. Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle has reported that the deal will go three seasons with a team option on the fourth year. Justice said the final item to hammer out was direction over the rest of the coaching staff.

McHale met with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander this week after interviewing twice with general manager Daryl Morey. The fit is an interesting one; Morey is the face of the advanced metric vanguard, and McHale is seen as an old-school basketball type who relies more on eyes than spreadsheets. McHale served as the general manager of the Wolves for more than a decade after his Hall-of-Fame career with the Boston Celtics ended. Under McHale's watch, Minnesota drafted Kevin Garnett and made a string of postseason appearances. But the Wolves made it so far as the conference finals just once, in 2004.

Wojnarowski reports that the Rockets will have strong input into McHale's staff, with D-League coach Chris Finch -- who runs the Rockets-affiliated Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Great Britain's senior men's national team -- expected to move into a spot on the Houston bench.

For more on the Rockets, visit The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.

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Kevin McHale Offered Houston Rockets' Head Coach Job, According To Report

Kevin McHale has been offered the Houston Rockets' head coach job, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Houston Chronicle beat writer Jonathan Feigen has confirmed the story.

McHale, the Boston Celtics' legendary power forward and a longtime general manager for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has worked for Turner Sports for the past two years on NBA TV and TNT broadcasts. He has some pro head coaching experience, having twice stepped into the hot seat with the Timberwolves, after firing Flip Saunders in 2005 and Randy Wittman in 2009. Under McHale as coach, the Wolves went 39-55. In each case, the Wolves' performance improved under McHale.

Woj reports that while nothing is final, McHale and the Rockets want to get a deal done. Houston let Rick Adelman's contract expire at the end of the season. Reports suggested the Rockets wanted Adelman to agree to groom a successor if re-signed; Adelman declined.

Dwane Casey, a coach McHale hired and fired in Minnesota, and Lawrence Frank were considered finalists for the job with McHale. Casey is an assistant coach for the NBA Finals-bound Dallas Mavericks. Frank is the top assistant for the Boston Celtics.

For more on the Rockets, visit The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.

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