Kevin McHale wants to coach the Bulls; hates Luol Deng

Okay, he may not really hate Luol Deng, in fact he almost certainly doesn't.   Yes, I'm a cheesy headline attention grabber. I found it interesting though that in his long discussion of Bulls love that Luol's name is absent:

"You got to wait and see," he said. "But I think Chicago is a great job. Derrick Rose, love him. Taj Gibson, love him. Joakim Noah, love him. You've got Kirk Hinrich,
love him. They're tough guys, they play really hard and they get after
it defensively and I think they're all just going to get better."

He probably just forgot about Deng which brings to mind all kinds of jokes that the more cynical Bulls fan might make.  Either way, it's good to see someone actively campaigning for the job.
Though limited, his coaching work in Minnesota was quite a bit better than his general managing work.   He seemed to get the team to play much better when he came in to coach, so he at least showed something.

At the same time, his head coaching experience is limited and doesn't include any playoff births.   Not that I think he had playoff talent, but he's not one who's accustomed to coaching the game to game adjustments necessary in the playoffs (though clearly McHale's been through those wars as a player).

Like most head coaching candidates available, McHale leaves me with sort of a shoulder shrug kind of outlook.   I can see some positives and negatives with him.  He doesn't blow me away, nor would I throw in the towel and start up an Oklahoma City Thunder blog if we hire him.


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  • He turned Minnesota into a MESS....NO on hiring Kevin McHale.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Now that he has the Mr Happy stamp of disapproval, he moves to the top of the list of best candidates.

  • I wouldn't mind McHale...i think he'd be ok. I know Randy Foye and Mike Miller really praised him for the job he did with them. So maybe he wouldn't be that bad of a choice....


    He talks about players around the league wanting STABILITY AT THE TOP.

    It's a good listen. Check it out. By the way, the Bulls haven't contacted him yet.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    That radio interview is a MUST listen too.

    Great stuff, Sam #2 Choice for Head Coach.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Out of curiosity Doug, what exactly would it take to make you want to start up a OKC Thunder blog?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Kev, you traded a still performing at top level K.G. for one dimnesional Al jefferson and a load of.. serial filler. You didn't even get Rondo. You are a seflf-absorbed, disrespectful(of the Minny fans) schemer. Tell you what, if you can get Joe Smith type under the table deals to keep are cap in line for the next few years, will think about it. Not.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I'd agree with this. After that homer trade (people can say 'he got a big man' all they was a 20 cents on the dollar deal), I'd be afraid to see the starting line-up that the Bulls would employ anytime they'd go back to Boston.
    PG: Kirk Hinrich
    SG: Draft Pick
    C: Brad Miller/Replacement
    PF: Hakim Warrick/Replacement
    SF: JJ

    Rose, Gibson, Deng and 'big' FA all get DNP-CDs.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I'm not impressed with any of the available coaches, so I really cant say much. It seems with every passing day, I find more flaws or problems with the available coaches, I guess thats why they're available huh?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Yep, thats all we need Sam Mitchell and Nick Young, let the new dynasty roll.

  • I was actually surprised he was fired as the coach. And was equally surprised he coached so well.

    As a GM? No.
    As a coach? One could do worse.

  • I beg to differ.

    1st year - 19 wins and 12 losses...not bad.
    2nd year - 20 wins and 43 losses...ouch.

    No thank you.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Don't remember the specifics but wasn't there a massive injury issue(s) like Jefferson blowing out his knee in year 2

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Mo Cheeks had a winning season in 2 out of 8.
    McHale had a winning season in 1 out of 2.


    I find his word ("STABILITY AT THE TOP" )very appropriate.

    It's worth the listen, believe me.

  • I should have been clearer. I meant what kind of catastrophe would prompt you to leave Bulls nation?

  • Maybe they would have got a better deal? Maybe they wouldn't have? Maybe they should have dealt him sooner (that's the general consensus I found in looking up some of the Garnett trade chatter)? Maybe later?? All we could do is speculate. However, in terms of worth to a franchise, they didn't get equal value. Lack of a better deal doesn't make the one you make good. To go back to the analogy I used, if you wanted to sell a crinkly dollar bill, and the best offer you got was two dimes, is that a good deal because it is the only one on the table?? I think not.

    I will say, though, in looking at some of the moves the T-Wolves have made right before and since the Garnett trade, there probably wasn't going to be much improvement regardless of what occurred.

    So, if they sold it as 'trying to do right by Kevin' I can see it; though, if I were a fan of that team or a shareholder, I'd still be upset. Especially since the GM's former team seemed to get the better end of the deal (1 ring, and a few years of respectability, at the least).

    Al Jefferson is OK, but he doesn't sell jerseys, and he doesn't compel people to watch.

  • That is probably why he didn't mention Deng, I don't think that Deng jumps out as an effort player.

    I like McHale alot because he will demand accountabilty and effort, and he certainly understands the level of effort necessary given his living through the peak of the Laker Celtics wars.

  • McHale would be right up there with Van Gundy as my favorite choices. Since Van Gundy hasn't thrown his hat into the ring, I am glad to hear that McHale is proactively making his interest known.

    He would have been a great choice 2 years ago instead of Vinny, but he wasn't available at that time.

    The only concern that I have is that he seemed reluctant to coach a few years ago when forced into it. I think that he prefers to be a GM and might not be dedicated enough to put in the time required to be a coach.

    However, I love his pedigree as a competitor, and he was a high IQ player and competed at the highest level in perhaps the greatest championship rivalry ever, Lakers/Celtics in the 80's.

    Also, he would finally solve our problem of not having a big man coach, he could do nothing but help Noah thrive, and presumably Asik and Alabi also.

    As I recall Kevin Love loved him, and supposedly Love hates Rambis. McHale hates Deng, so follow the logic, we hire McHale and trade Deng for Love, which I have been suggesting for some time now.

    Of course as Doug has pointed out Minny would be crazy to do this trade, because Deng is such a great player?

  • In reply to BigWay:

    The only way it would work, is if they

    a) finally decided that jefferson and love play the same position and they want a wing to go along with their many pgs and Jefferson


    b) had bad contracts, which they don't other than perhaps sessions, but even then he is not that bad 4 mil a year?

    The deal would have to look like

    Deng+ Bobcats pick for Love Sessions and Hollins

    I agree with doug, it works talent wise... but deng just has too big a contract for too many years

  • In reply to BigWay:


    the main guy I like is Jeff Van Gundy; good rapport w/ upcoming free agents, has played slow mo in past, but I think it was cause of who he had.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Who cares if he doesn't like Deng, Deng will be a bench player behind LeBron anyway *fingers crossed for Boston eliminating the Cavs and LeBron moving on*

  • Good article Doug, but "playoff births?" While it sounds like a labor of love, you should consider "playoff berths."

  • I'd be excited if we got Scott Skiles back. I can't see it happening though.

  • Hell no lol Its between Byron Scott, Doc Rivers and Calipari.

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