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.