Kevin McHale “threw a tantrum” after some of Houston’s offseason moves

  • Mark Evans

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The Houston Rockets have been making quite a bit of noise this offseason; for better or for worse. The team was very open about their desire to bring big man Dwight Howard to town, even if it was only for one guaranteed season. In this pursuit, they signed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, let Goran Dragic walk in free agency, traded Kyle Lowry, amnestied Luis Scola, and stalked up on a plethora of first round draft picks.

The team ended up adding Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, and Terrence Jones in the first round.

And head coach Kevin McHale is not happy about one bit of all this.

McHale reportedly threw a tantrum in response to all this news, and it is believed that this may be his last season in Houston.

Houston coach Kevin McHale was said to have thrown a fit when the Rockets allowed their free agent playmaker, Goran Dragic, to go to Phoenix to replace the departed Steve Nash. McHale even lamented that the Rockets traded off another point guard, Kyle Lowry, with whom he often clashed, to the Raptors. So now McHale has been reduced to hoping that Jeremy Lin is as good as his superiors believe the former Knick sensation will be in his second go-round for the Rockets. Publicly, McHale is toeing the company line on his newly-minted $25 million playmaker, saying all the right things. But coaching friends who have talked to him about Lin and the rebuilding Rockets have gotten the sense that this could be his final season in Houston.

Keep in mind that Kevin McHale and Kyle Lowry were at odds even before Lowry was shipped to Toronto. Regardless, Goran Dragic, Kyle Lowry, and Luis Scola were three of his best players.

It doesn’t seem like Kevin McHale is big on the acquisitions of Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, and he is not the only one. Many, myself included, believe that the Rockets overpaid and are relying on two players with extremely limited success in the league. Lin was a standout for half a season, and Asik has never been more than a bench player.

We’ll see if the Rockets can fix all this in time. Few things are worse than a coach not believing in his key players.

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4 Responses to Kevin McHale “threw a tantrum” after some of Houston’s offseason moves

  • Don’t be fooled by Mchale. He is obviously playing possum and cannot be anything but pleased with his newest acquisitions and in the direction the team is taking.

    Don’t forget a little known fact about Lin is the impact he had on his Knick teamates prior to Melo’s return. Lin has demonstrated the rare ability to make his teamates better.

    As far as Asik goes, Houston waited while Bulls coaches turned him into the third best defensive center in the league before swooping in to obtain him.

    Anyone who knows anything about basketball realizes that centers capable of holding down the paint on defense are extremely rare.

    • Your words indicate you are one of the few who understand what is on the verge of being built in Houston.

      Anybody who saw how Lin turned Jeffries, Novak, Fields and Shumpert into an awesome unit should be able to see that he’ll be able to duplicate that type of success with his new teammates.

      It’s going to be fun watching this team grow, hopefully they don’t trade away all this potential for “one” superstar.

  • The Asik signing was the worst of all time. Worse than Jerome James, Jim McIllvane, Mark Blount, Ike Austin or any other overpaid center.

  • Lin got the contract because he learns his teammates strengths and capitalizes on them. But he needs to be able to make his own plays as well. As long as he has a team that wants to be a “team”, that will be Houston’s sixth man. He can read a court with the best of them, and had the high assists avg. to prove it. Melo, when he came back, and a few of the others were ball hogs, and missed way too many important shots. Stoutemeyer and Chandler often couldn’t catch a pass, and turned the ball over way too much. When the new coach took over, he was more interested in defense, and Melo just would not give up the ball. Too many super ego’s that did not want to get shown up by Lin. Jeremy can be an ongoing superstar. That threat alone will help his teammates be open more, and Jeremy will find them. That’s what being a team is all about. Then again, a 3-point game winning buzzer beater doesn’t exactly hurt either. He was just so calm and collected on that play. It was a beautiful thing to watch. Over and over again.

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