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Encyclopedia > Kevin McHale
Kevin McHale
Position Forward/Center
Height ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 243 lb (110 kg)
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born December 19, 1957 (age 49)
Hibbing, Minnesota
College University of Minnesota
Draft 3rd overall, 1980
Boston Celtics
Pro career 1981–1993
Awards NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award (1984-85)

Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. He is currently an executive with the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... In the context of basketball, forward usually refers to one of two positions: Power forward Small forward In addition, some basketball players share the attributes of a small forward and a point guard, and are accordingly called point forwards. ... The center is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... The pound (abbreviations: lb or, sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass in a number of different systems, including various systems of units of mass that formed part of English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hibbing is a city in St. ... Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, almost always abbreviated U of M, and sometimes referred to as The U by locals, is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... 1980 NBA Draft - 10 June 1980 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft Categories: NBA Draft ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues most valuable player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (sixth man). ... December 19 is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ...

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Early life

Kevin McHale was born to a part-Irish American father, Paul Austin McHale, and a Croatian-American mother, Josephine Patricia Starcevich, in Hibbing, Minnesota.[1] Hockey, not basketball, was McHale's favorite sport as a youngster. But a growth spurt during high school forced McHale to give up hockey and he turned his full attention to basketball. In his senior season at rondout High School McHale was named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball of 1976 and led his squad to a runner-up finish in the AA Minnesota State Championship game. Irish population density in the United States, 1872. ... Americans of Croatian Descent Bill Belichick Nick Saban Categories: | ... Hibbing is a city in St. ... Hockey is any of a family of sports in which two teams compete by trying to maneuver a ball, or a hard, round disc called a puck, into the opponents net or goal, using a hockey stick. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...


In 1992, McHale was elected to the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame.


College

The 6 ft 10 in (209 cm) McHale played basketball at the power forward position for the University of Minnesota from 1976 to 1980, with career averages of 15.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Power forward is a position in the sport of basketball. ... University of Minnesota Twin Cities This article is about the oldest and largest campus of the University of Minnesota. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...


He was named All-Big Ten in 1979 and 1980 and still ranks second in school history in career points (1704) and rebounds (950). The Big Ten Conference is the United States oldest Division I college athletic conference. ... For the song by the Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ...


In 1995, to coincide with the University of Minnesota's 100th anniversary, he was selected as top player in the history of University of Minnesota men's basketball. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


NBA highlights

McHale was a part of what is considered the league's best-ever frontline ever with small forward Larry Bird and center Robert Parish. The trio of Hall of Famers became known as "The Big Three" and would lead the Celtics to five NBA Finals appearances and three NBA Championships, in 1981, 1984 and 1986. LeBron James is one of the premier players listed at small forward. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players to ever play, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... The center is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Robert Lee Parish (born on August 30, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana), is an American former basketball center. ... The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... The big three is a term used to refer to three large powers or companies. ... Logo of the NBA Finals The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... The 1980-81 NBA Season was the 35th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1983-84 NBA Season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1985-86 NBA Season was the 40th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Possessing a wide variety of offensive moves close to the basket, the agile, long-armed McHale played in seven National Basketball Association All-Star Games between 1984 and 1991 and lead the NBA in field goal percentage in 1987 and 1988, shooting 60.4 percent each season. Also a standout defensive player, McHale was selected to the NBA All-Defensive First or Second Team six times and twice blocked nine shots in a game, the most ever by a Boston Celtics' player (blocked shots did not become an official NBA statistic until the 1974 season). The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The 1990-91 NBA Season was the 45th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1986-87 NBA Season was the 41st season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1987-88 NBA Season was the 42nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 1973-74 NBA Season was the 28th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


For the first five years of his career McHale primarily came off the bench for the Celtics, winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1984 and 1985. The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues most valuable player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (sixth man). ... The 1984-85 NBA Season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


Early professional playing career

Heading into the 1980 NBA Draft the Celtics held the number one overall pick. But in a shrewd pre-draft trade, considered by some to be among the most lopsided in NBA history, Boston Celtics President Red Auerbach dealt the top pick and an additional first-round pick to the Golden State Warriors for Parish and the Warriors' first-round pick, the third overall. With that pick the Celtics chose McHale. 1980 NBA Draft - 10 June 1980 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft Categories: NBA Draft ... Arnold Jacob Red Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) was an American coach and executive for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California, United States. ...


McHale's stay in Boston got off to a rocky start as he held out for a large contract, even threatening to play in Italy, before signing a three-year deal with the Celtics. Backing up Bird and Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell at forward McHale made an immediate impact and was named to the All-Rookie First Team as Boston finished with the NBA's best record. Cedric Maxwell Cedric Bryan Maxwell (born November 21, 1955, in Kinston, North Carolina) is a retired American professional basketball player now in radio broadcasting. ...


In the playoffs the Celtics swept the Chicago Bulls in the first round, but faced a 3–1 deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Philadelphia 76ers. Boston stunned the 76ers, winning the last three games of the series, including Game 6 on Philadelphia's home court. McHale helped save the Game 6 win by blocking Andrew Toney's shot and corralling the rebound with 16 seconds left in the game and the Celtics leading by a point. In the NBA Finals Boston defeated the Houston Rockets in six games to capture the club's fourteenth championship. The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The National Basketball Association Conference Finals occur at the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs when the final four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences face off. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Andrew Toney (born November 23, 1957 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American former professional basketball player who played for the NBAs Philadelphia 76ers from 1980-1988. ... The Houston Rockets are a professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ...


The Celtics failed to advance to the NBA Finals the next two seasons. Philadelphia exacted a measure of revenge in the 1982 Eastern Conference Final, beating Boston at its home arena, the Boston Garden, in a seventh game. In the 1983 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, the Celtics were swept by the Milwaukee Bucks, leading to the firing of Boston head coach Bill Fitch. The 1981-82 NBA Season was the 36th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Boston Garden ISBN 0738511528 The Boston Garden was an arena built in 1928 and demolished in 1998 after the completion of its new successor arena, the FleetCenter, now called TD Banknorth Garden. ... The 1982-83 NBA Season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... Bill Fitch (born 1935) is an NBA coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. ...


Following the 1982-83 season McHale's contract with the Celtics expired, and the New York Knicks signed him to a contract offer sheet. Auerbach retaliated by signing three of New York's top free agent players to offer sheets. The Knicks elected to re-sign their players and give up their pursuit of McHale. McHale eventually re-signed with Boston, his $1 million a year contract making him the fourth-highest paid player in the NBA. The 1982-83 NBA Season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


McHale won the first of his consecutive NBA Sixth Man Awards as Boston won a league-best 62 games in the 1983–84 season. Led by their new head coach, former Celtics' player K.C. Jones, Boston was bolstered by the acquisition of point guard Dennis Johnson from the Phoenix Suns. K.C. Jones (born May 25, 1932 in Taylor, Texas) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... Point Guard (PG), also known as the ball-handler, is one of the five traditional positions of a basketball team. ... Dennis Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed DJ, was an American professional basketball player and coach. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ...


After surviving a tough seven-game semi-final battle with the Knicks, the Celtics avenged the previous season's playoff loss to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston would face the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals in a highly-anticipated matchup. Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team, based in Los Angeles, California, which plays in the National Basketball Association. ...


In Game 4 of the finals, with the Celtics trailing in both the game and the series, McHale delivered a hard foul to Kurt Rambis as the Lakers' forward raced to the basket. The physical play touched off a benches-clearing scuffle. Boston came back to win the game in overtime and tie the series and two games apiece. They eventually prevailed in seven games to win the franchise's fifteenth championship. Darrell Kurt Rambis (born February 25, 1958 in Cupertino, California) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. ...


McHale continued to come off of the bench during first half of the 1984–1985 season, but moved into a starting role in February 1985 after Cedric Maxwell injured a knee. On March 3 versus the Detroit Pistons McHale had his greatest scoring night, setting the Celtics' single-game scoring record with 56 points. [1] Two nights later McHale scored 42 points against the Knicks, the only other time in his career he topped 40 points in a game. The 98 points in consecutive games is still a Celtics' record. On March 12, just nine days after McHale scored 56, Larry Bird established a new Celtics' single-game scoring mark by pouring in 60 points versus the Atlanta Hawks. 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (72nd in leap years). ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Boston captured its second straight Eastern Conference title, but was upended in the NBA Finals in six games by the rival Lakers. McHale led the Celtics in scoring (26.0) and rebounding (10.7) versus the Lakers, including a 32-point, 16-rebound performance in the decisive sixth game. The Lakers-Celtics Rivalry or Celtics-Lakers Rivalry was a rivalry between two of the most storied professional basketball franchises in National Basketball Association history, the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. ...


Sweet Sixteen

The 1985–1986 edition of the Boston Celtics won the franchise's sixteenth NBA Championship and is considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history [2]. The 1985-86 NBA Season was the 40th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


The Celtics acquired former NBA Most Valuable Player Bill Walton in a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers in September 1985, and added the 6 ft 11 in (211 cm) center to its already-formidable frontline. Boston sent Cedric Maxwell to the Clippers to complete the trade, clearing the way for McHale to move into a full time starting role. McHale averaged better than 20-points per game for the first time in his career (21.3) and joined starters Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Dennis Johnson and Danny Ainge as the Celtics steamrolled the NBA with a league-best 67–15 record. The National Basketball Association first named a Most Valuable Player after the 1955-56 NBA season. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952, in La Mesa, California), is an American former basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Daniel Ray Ainge (born March 17, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon) is a former professional basketball and baseball player who played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, and also in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. ...


The team set an NBA record by finishing with an 82–18 win-loss record (including playoffs), breaking the record of 81 victories by the 1971–72 Lakers. Boston also set the NBA mark for most home victories in one season, finishing 50–1 (including playoffs) in 48 games in the Boston Garden and three games in Hartford, Connecticut. (The Portland Trail Blazers were the only team to beat Boston at home, winning a 121-103 rout at the Boston Garden on December 6, 1985. The Celtics did not lose again at home until the Lakers beat them the following season 117-110 on December 12, 1986.) The 1971-72 NBA Season was the 26th season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 12 is the 346th day (347th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 19 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Boston won 41 of its first 50 games, including two victories over the Lakers. In a rout of the Clippers on December 30, 1985, McHale set his single-game high in rebounds with 18 (a mark he tied versus the Pistons in 1989). December 30 is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 1 day remaining. ...


An extremely durable player through the first five seasons of his career, McHale missed 14 games in early 1986 due to an injured Achilles tendon in his left ankle, but he was healthy when the playoffs began. Boston rolled through the Eastern Conference, winning 11 of 12 games versus Chicago, Atlanta and Milwaukee. Posterior view of the foot and leg, showing the Achilles tendon (tendo calcaneus). ...


For the second time in five years the Celtics faced Houston in the NBA Finals, and the result was the same as in 1981, as Boston won the title in six games. McHale averaged 25.8 points per game in the finals to lead all scorers.


The "torture chamber"

"When I was healthy, I always felt I could score," McHale once told reporters. "When it went into what I called 'The torture chamber,' I knew it was in." [3]


By his seventh pro season, McHale had rehearsed and refined his low-post moves and had become one of the NBA's most dominant offensive forces, out-leaping, out-spinning and out-maneuvering defender after defender in his "torture chamber". McHale was never better than the 1986–1987 season, when he set career highs in scoring (26.1) and rebounding (9.9). He also became the first player in NBA history to shoot sixty percent or better from the field (60.4%) and eighty percent or better from the free throw line (83.6%) in the same season. McHale was named to the All-NBA First Team and was named the NBA's best defensive player by the league's coaches. The 1986-87 NBA Season was the 41st season of the National Basketball Association. ...


In nine games from February 23, 1987, through March 13, McHale played arguably the best stretch of basketball in his career, averaging 30.7 points and 10 rebounds per game, while shooting a staggering 71.7 percent from the floor. During this stretch McHale scored his season-high in points, 38 versus the Pistons on March 1. February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 13 is the 72nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (73rd in leap years). ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ...


In a win at Chicago on March 27, McHale broke the navicular bone in his right foot. He ignored doctors' advice that the injury could be career-threatening and continued to play. In the playoffs a hobbled McHale averaged 39 minutes per game and connected on 58 percent of his shots as Boston once again won the Eastern Conference title. Boston swept the Bulls in the first round for the second straight year and survived two seven-game series with the Bucks and Pistons. A tired and hurting Celtics team could not defend its championship, losing to the Lakers in six games in the NBA Finals. March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (87th in leap years). ... The navicular bone occurs in human and horse anatomy. ...


Offseason surgery on his injured foot and ankle forced McHale to sit out the first month of the 1987–1988 season. He scored 22 points in 22 minutes of play in his return to the Celtics on December 1, 1987, versus Atlanta. December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Teammate Danny Ainge once called McHale "The Black Hole", joking that when the basketball was passed inside to McHale it disappeared, because he rarely passed it back. In a win over the Dallas Mavericks on April 3, 1988, McHale played the role of passer, distributing 10 assists--the only time in his career he reached double-digits in a game. For other senses of this word, see black hole (disambiguation). ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Celtics won 57 games and made their fifth straight appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. McHale shot 60 percent from the field and averaged a career playoff-high 25.4 points per game as Boston defeated the Knicks in four games and the Hawks in a thrilling seven-game semi-final series. But the Celtics were toppled by the Detroit Pistons in six games in the conference finals. Head coach K. C. Jones retired at the end of the season, and the Celtics of the Bird-McHale-Parish era would never again advance past the conference semi-finals. K. C. Jones (born May 25, 1932 in Taylor, Texas) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...


Later professional playing career

Injuries limited Bird to just six games in 1988–89, but new head coach Jimmy Rodgers coaxed the Celtics into the playoffs behind the play of McHale and Parish and second-year guard Reggie Lewis. Boston finished 42-40 and barely made the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The 1988-89 NBA Season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Jimmy Rodgers is a former basketball coach. ... Reggie Lewis (November 21, 1965 - July 27, 1993) was a basketball player for the Boston Celtics from 1987-1993. ...


The Celtics faced the Pistons in the playoffs for the third straight year. Detroit bottled up McHale this time around, holding him to 19 points per game and less than 50 percent shooting from the field. The Pistons easily swept the Celtics en route to their first NBA Championship.


The 1989–90 season marked the last time McHale was healthy enough to play in all 82 regular season games for the Celtics, but the season was one of discontent for Boston. Second-year point guard Brian Shaw left the team to play in Europe after a salary dispute, and Larry Bird--back from his injuries--was criticized by teammates, including McHale, for taking too many shots and trying to dominate games on his own. The 1989-90 NBA Season was the 490 th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Brian K. Shaw (born March 22, 1966 in Oakland, California) is a former professional basketball player. ...


Rodgers moved McHale back into his old "sixth man" role for the majority of the regular season, and McHale's scoring dipped into the teens in his reserve role. With 23 games to play and Boston just nine games above .500, Rodgers decided to put McHale back into the starting lineup. McHale averaged 24.2 points and 9 rebounds down the stretch as the Celtics went 18-5 and finished just a game behind Philadelphia in the Atlantic Conference.


McHale became the first player in twenty years to finish in the NBA's top ten in field goal percentage (seventh) and free throw percentage (fifth) in the same season.


Boston took the first two games of its first-round playoff series with the Knicks, including a record-setting 157–128 blowout in Game 2. But the Knicks fought back and won the last three games of the series, bouncing the stunned Celtics from the playoffs. Head coach Jimmy Rodgers was fired following the playoff disappointment.


McHale contemplated retirement in the offseason after having another surgery performed on his balky right ankle, but he came back for the 1990–91 season. Boston paired young backcourt players Lewis, Dee Brown and Brian Shaw—back from his year in Europe—with Bird, McHale and Parish and hired Chris Ford, a longtime assistant coach and member of the Celtics' 1981 championship team, to be its head coach. The 1990-91 NBA Season was the 45th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Dee Browns no-look dunk at the 1991 Slam Dunk Competition For other persons named Dee Brown, see Dee Brown (disambiguation) DeCovan Kadell Dee Brown (born November 29, 1968 in Jacksonville, Florida) is a former professional basketball player. ... Christopher Joseph Ford (born January 11, 1949 in Atlantic City, New Jersey) is a former professional basketball player and head coach. ...


The season got off to a promising start as Boston sprinted to a 29–5 record, but the Celtics were soon slowed by injuries to McHale (ankle) and Bird (back). McHale missed 14 regular season games and Bird 22, as the Celtics limped to a 27–21 record over the last three months of the season. In the playoffs, Boston defeated the Indiana Pacers in five games in a hotly-contested first round matchup, but for the third time in four years the Celtics were eliminated by Detroit, this time in a six-game semi-final series. The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


McHale played in a career-low 56 games and Bird played in just 45, as each suffered through an injury-plagued 1991–92 season. Boston struggled for most of the regular season but got hot as the playoffs approached, winning 15 of its last 16 games and finishing with 51 wins, the third-most in the Eastern Conference. The 1991-92 NBA Season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


The Celtics swept the Pacers in the first round, but were defeated in seven games in the conference semi-finals by the younger, quicker Cleveland Cavaliers. Bird retired from the NBA three months later. The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ...


The 1992–1993 season was McHale's last in the NBA. McHale played in 71 games, but he was severely hampered by leg and back injuries. He averaged just 10.7 points per game and shot less than 50 percent from the floor (45.9%) for the only time in his career. The 1992-93 NBA Season was the 47th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


In the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Charlotte Hornets, the Celtics were stunned by the loss of Lewis, their leading scorer. He collapsed on the court during Game 1 and was diagnosed with what proved to be a fatal heart condition. McHale picked up his game and performed brilliantly in the series, averaging 19.6 points per game and shooting 58 percent from the field--including 30 points and 10 rebounds in Game 2--but Boston fell to the Hornets in four games. The New Orleans Hornets (temporarily the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets) are a professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. ...


McHale announced his retirement while talking with reporters at the scorer's table after the Game 4 loss in Charlotte.


Legacy

In 971 regular season games, McHale averaged 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds, and in 169 postseason games averaged 18.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.


As of the end of the 2005-2006 season McHale ranked ninth in NBA history in career field goal percentage (55.4%) and he is among the Celtics' career leaders in several categories, including games played, points scored and rebounding [4]. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


McHale's number 32 jersey was retired by the Celtics on January 30, 1994, during a halftime ceremony at the Boston Garden [5]. For alternate uses, see Number 32. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ...


He was chosen one of the NBA's fifty greatest players and was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996[6]. The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (commonly referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to comprise the fifty best and most influential players... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


McHale was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999[7]. 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


Post-playing career

Upon his retirement as an NBA player, McHale joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as a television analyst and special assistant. In the summer of 1994, new Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor promoted him to Assistant General Manager. He continued to broadcast Timberwolves games and work as an executive until 1995, when he succeeded Jack McCloskey as Vice President of Basketball Operations, a position he still holds. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... Glen A. Taylor is a billionaire American businessman and the head of Taylor Corporation, a privately-held multinational company in the printing and electronics businesses with more than 15,000 employees. ... John William Jack McCloskey (born October 19, 1925) is a former National Basketball Association player, coach, and executive. ...


One of McHale's first moves was to hire former University of Minnesota teammate Flip Saunders as head coach of the Timberwolves. Flip Saunders Ronald Flip Saunders (born February 23, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States) is head coach of the NBAs Detroit Pistons and one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Continental Basketball Association. ...


The next season, McHale made the decision to draft high school phenom forward Kevin Garnett with the fifth overall pick of the 1995 NBA Draft. Though Garnett developed into one of the NBA's best players, the Timberwolves have advanced past the first round of the Western Conference playoffs only once in Garnett's ten seasons with the team. Kevin Garnett (born May 19, 1976) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Minnesota Timberwolves. ... 1995 NBA Draft - 28 June 1995 - Toronto, Ontario Round 1 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft ...


It was also during McHale's reign that the Timberwolves were punished by the NBA for making a secret deal with free agent forward Joe Smith to avoid the league's salary cap rules. Before the 1998-1999 season, Smith agreed to sign three one-year contracts with the Timberwolves for less than his market value. In return, Smith received a promise that the Timberwolves would give him a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract before the 2001-2002 season season. Joseph Leynard Joe Smith (born July 26, 1975 in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. His height is listed as 610. Smith attended Maury High School and played at the University of Maryland. ... The 1998-99 NBA season was the 53rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2001-02 NBA season is the 56th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


In 2000, after word of the secret agreement got out, NBA commissioner David Stern voided Smith's final one-year contract with the Timberwolves, making Smith a free agent. Stern also took away the Timberwolves' next three first round draft picks and fined the team $3.5 million. Smith signed with Detroit for one season, but came back to Minnesota before the 2001-2002 season as a free agent. David Joel Stern (born September 22, 1942) is an American lawyer and has been the Commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1984. ...


On February 12, 2005, the Timberwolves fired Saunders and McHale took on head coaching duties for the remainder of the 2004-2005 season. He compiled a 19-12 record but had no interest in continuing as head coach, instead moving back into the front office fulltime and hiring Dwane Casey in the offseason of 2005. February 12 is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957 in Morganfield, Kentucky) is the current head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, named to the position on June 17th, 2005. ...


With Minnesota sitting at .500 midway through the 2006-2007 season, McHale fired Casey on January 23, 2007. Timberwolves' assistant coach Randy Wittman was tabbed to take over for Casey. The 2006-07 NBA season is the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... January 23 is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Randy Scott Wittman (born October 28, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...


Trivia

  • McHale is one of five members of the 1985-1986 Celtics' championship team to serve as an NBA head coach (Larry Bird, Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson and Rick Carlisle are the others).
  • McHale twice made guest appearances on the television sitcom Cheers (1990 and 1991).
  • McHale's fans in Boston dubbed themselves "McHale's Army", a takeoff on the title of the 1960's sitcom McHale's Navy.
  • McHale was known as one of the wittiest and most quotable players in the NBA, (as shown in Jack McCallum's book Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court With the 1990-91 Boston Celtics) and was named by the NBA's sportswriters to their unofficial "All-Interview" team in 1991.

Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players to ever play, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Richard Preston Carlisle (pronounced KAHR-lye-uhl) (born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg, New York) is a former basketball player and current coach of the NBAs Indiana Pacers. ... Cheers is an American situation comedy produced by Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount Television for NBC. Cheers was created by the team of James Burrows, Glen Charles, and Les Charles. ... McHales Navy was an American television sitcom series. ...

References

  1. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/celeb/mchale.htm

Bill MusselmanJimmy RodgersSidney LoweBill BlairFlip SaundersKevin McHaleDwane CaseyRandy Wittman The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. ... William Clifford (Bill) Musselman (August 13, 1940 - May 5, 2000) was an American basketball coach in the NCAA, the ABA, the WBA, the CBA, and the NBA. He was a fiercely intense coach who once was quoted as saying defeat is worse than death, because you have to live with... Jimmy Rodgers is a former basketball coach. ... Sidney Lowe (born January 21, 1960 in Washington, D.C.) is a current college basketball head coach at North Carolina State University and former NBA basketball player and coach. ... Bill Blair is a former head coach in the National Basketball Association. ... Flip Saunders Ronald Flip Saunders (born February 23, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States) is head coach of the NBAs Detroit Pistons and one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Continental Basketball Association. ... Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957 in Morganfield, Kentucky) is the current head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, named to the position on June 17th, 2005. ... Randy Scott Wittman (born October 28, 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ...

National Basketball Association | NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | Nate Archibald | Paul Arizin | Charles Barkley | Rick Barry | Elgin Baylor | Dave Bing | Larry Bird | Wilt Chamberlain | Bob Cousy | Dave Cowens | Billy Cunningham | Dave DeBusschere | Clyde Drexler | Julius Erving | Patrick Ewing | Walt Frazier | George Gervin | Hal Greer | John Havlicek | Elvin Hayes | Magic Johnson | Sam Jones | Michael Jordan | Jerry Lucas | Karl Malone | Moses Malone | Pete Maravich | Kevin McHale | George Mikan | Earl Monroe | Hakeem Olajuwon | Shaquille O'Neal | Robert Parish | Bob Pettit | Scottie Pippen | Willis Reed | Oscar Robertson | David Robinson | Bill Russell | Dolph Schayes | Bill Sharman | John Stockton | Isiah Thomas | Nate Thurmond | Wes Unseld | Bill Walton | Jerry West | Lenny Wilkens | James Worthy The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (commonly referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA) to comprise the fifty best and most influential players... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... Nathaniel (Nate) Tiny Archibald (born September 2, 1948 in New York City) is a former professional basketball player. ... Paul Joseph Arizin (April 9, 1928 – December 12, 2006), nicknamed Pitchin Paul, was an American basketball player who spent his entire National Basketball Association career with the Philadelphia Warriors from 1950 to 1962. ... Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Rick Barry (with a basket) as a player of the Golden State Warriors Richard Francis Dennis Barry III (born March 28, 1944 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA) is a former professional basketball player, remembered for his sharpshooting, his excellent passing, his tenacious and quarrelsome spirit and his odd-looking but... Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934 in Washington, D.C.) is an American former basketball forward. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is an American former NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players to ever play, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Wilton Norman Wilt Chamberlain (born August 21, 1936, in Philadelphia - died October 12, 1999 in Bel-Air), nicknamed Wilt the Stilt and The Big Dipper, was a professional National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters, the Philadelphia / San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles... Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBAs Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest... Dave Cowens David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport, Kentucky) is a former professional basketball player and NBA Head Coach. ... William John Billy Cunningham (born June 3, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former pro basketball player, who was nicknamed the Kangaroo Kid, and coach. ... David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 - May 14, 2003) was a professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Clyde Austin Drexler (born June 22, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American former National Basketball Association shooting guard. ... Julius Winfield Erving II (born February 22, 1950 in Roosevelt, New York), commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a former American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a Jamaican-born American former NBA player. ... Walter Clyde Frazier (born March 29, 1945 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American former basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... George Gervin (born April 27, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former professional basketball player, a shooting guard for the American Basketball Associations (ABA) Virginia Squires and San Antonio Spurs and the National Basketball Associations (NBA) San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. ... Harold Everett Greer (born June 26, 1936 in Huntington, West Virginia) is a former pro basketball player. ... John J. Havlicek (born April 8, 1940 in Martins Ferry, Ohio) is a former professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA titles, half of them coming in his first four seasons. ... Elvin Ernest Hayes (born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana) is considered as one of the all-time great collegiate and professional basketball players. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Samuel Sam Jones (born June 24, 1933 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Jerry Lucas as a player of the San Francisco Warriors Jerry Ray Lucas (born March 30, 1940) was a legendary basketball star from the 1950s to the 1970s, and is now a world-renowned memory education expert. ... Karl The Mailman Malone (born July 24, 1963, in Bernice, Louisiana) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Moses Eugene Malone (born March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player who also played in the American Basketball Association (ABA), as well as on the NBAs Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Bullets. ... Peter Press Pistol Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988) was an American basketball player known for his dazzling ballhandling, incredible shooting abilities, and creative passing. ... George Lawrence Mikan, Jr. ... Earl Vernon Monroe (born on November 21, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), was an American professional basketball player known for his flamboyant dribbling, passing and play-making. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963 in Lagos, Nigeria) is a former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is one of the most famous American professional basketball players, generally regarded as one of the most dominant in the National Basketball Association. ... Robert Lee Parish (born on August 30, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana), is an American former basketball center. ... Bob Pettit (with the ball) as a player of the St. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... Willis Reed Jr. ... Oscar Palmer Robertson (born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee) is an American former NBA player and is considered by many to be one of the greatest basketball players in history. ... David Maurice Robinson (born August 6, 1965 in Key West, Florida) is a former NBA basketball player, who is often considered one of the greatest centers to ever play the game. ... William Felton Bill Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a retired American professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. A five-time winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and a twelve-time All-Star, the 6 ft 9 in Russell was the... Adolph Schayes (known as Dolph Schayes) (born May 19, 1928 in New York, New York) was a professional basketball player and coach in the NBA. He played his college basketball at New York University 1944-48. ... William Walton Bill Sharman (born May 25, 1926 in Abilene, Texas) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is a former American professional basketball player. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, and is currently the head coach and president of basketball operations for the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Nathaniel Nate Thurmond (born July 25, 1941, in Akron, Ohio) is rated by many one of the best defensive centers ever to play pro basketball, feared and praised by legends including Bob Pettit, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilt Chamberlain. ... Westley Sissel Wes Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American former basketball player and coach in the NBA. Unseld is a prominent member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans. ... William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952, in La Mesa, California), is an American former basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... Jerry Alan West (born May 28, 1938, in Chelyan, West Virginia) has had one of the most successful careers ever in professional basketball, first as a player, then as a coach, and finally as an executive. ... Lenny Wilkens with the Portland Trail Blazers Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is a former National Basketball Association player, as well as the NBAs career leader in coaching wins and losses. ... James Ager Worthy (b. ...


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