Reason 10: Kevin McHale as Houston Rockets’ new coach
At the beginning of June, the Houston Rockets announced the hiring of Kevin McHale as head coach. We’ll no longer be seeing McHale on the set of ‘Inside The NBA’ or commentating for TNT anymore. He’s back on the sidelines in an attempt to plug some life back into this franchise after a roller coaster type of an offseason. Yao Ming decided to retire after season’s end. The three-team blockbuster trade involving Luis Scola and Kevin Martin fell apart, leaving the two in a Rockets uniform as of now. McHale will have his hands full with an extremely young squad, but he had them out of the gate swinging with a 101-87 preseason victory against San Antonio. McHale, who previously coached the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2004-05 and 2008-09 seasons, should certainly have the respect of the players immediately. Although young, McHale could have this squad buying into his schematics from the get-go. He’s been around the game for awhile now, so he understands what it takes to get the job done. Now let’s see if that vision translates onto the hardwood.