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Kevin McHale

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Basketball legend and Sports Speaker Kevin McHale is the current Head Coach of the Houston Rockets and a former stand-out power forward for the Boston Celtics. Kevin enjoyed an incredible career with the Celtics from 1980-1993, winning 3 NBA championships during that span. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999. Kevin began coaching for the Rockets in 2011 and signed a 3-year contract extension in 2014.

Sports Speaker Kevin McHale began his basketball career at the University of Minnesota in 1976. Kevin was named to the All-Big 10 team twice in 1979 and 1980, finishing with career averages of 15.2 points and 8.5 rebounds. Kevin still stands 2nd in school history in points (1704) and rebounds (950). Kevin’s #44 jersey was retired by the school in 1993.

After entering the 1980 NBA Draft, Kevin was selected as the 3rd overall pick by the Boston Celtics. He enjoyed immediate success in NBA as his Boston Celtics went on to win the 1981 NBA championship and Kevin was selected to the All-Rookie team. Kevin was an instant scoring threat and defensive stopper off the bench for the Celtics during his first 5 years in the league. His efforts won him the NBA’s 6th man of the year in 1984 and 1985, becoming the first player to ever win the award in consecutive years. Kevin became a permanent starter in the lineup in 1985 and the next year the Celtics reclaimed the NBA championship in 6 games over the Houston Rockets. The 1986-1987 was Kevin’s best individual season, setting career highs in points (26.1) and rebounds (9.9) while becoming the first player to shoot above .600 (.604) and .800 on free-throws (.836) in a season. Kevin’s playing career came to an end at the conclusion of the 1992-1993 season after battling a myriad of injuries. Over his 13 year span with the Celtics, Kevin was a 3-time NBA champ, a 7-time NBA All-Star, selected to the NBA All-Defensive team 3 times and the All-NBA First-Team once. Kevin’s #32 jersey was retired by the Celtics as one of the greatest players in the organization’s history.

Following his retirement, Sports Speaker Kevin McHale headed to the sidelines to work as a TV analyst for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The next year Kevin was hired as the Timberwolves Assistant General Manager and in 1995 he was promoted to Vice President of Basketball Operations. Kevin saw brief head-coaching stints for the Timberwolves in 2004 and 2009 after mid-season removals of then head coaches.

Sports Speaker Kevin McHale is a storied NBA legend whose work as a player, analyst and coach have allowed him to experience the game from all angles.