After going jobless within just 11 games into this year’s NBA season, Kevin McHale is again back in the circle of things as rumors are swirling inside the Sacramento Kings front office that he is being considered one of the top front-runners for the head coaching job.
The Kings bowed out of the regular season with a 33-49 win-loss record that sent coach George Karl packing his things and now general manager Vlade Divac is looking for another coach that will be able to control things on the floor especially DeMarcus Cousins.
Among those included in the lists are McHale, Mark Jackson, Luke Walton, Mike Woodson, Vinny Del Negro, Ettore Messina and Sam Mitchel. But rumors are stating that McHale has more edge of landing the job, this despite no interview yet has been set for him and the Kings management.
Marc Stein reports that league sources are convinced that Kevin McHale has emerged on the list of known candidates for the Sacramento Kings’ vacant coaching job after engaging in exploratory talks about the position.
“Sources told ESPN.com that Kings general manager Vlade Divac, while still in the early stages of what is expected to be a broad search, has sounded out McHale about his potential interest after the former Houston Rockets coach was fired just 11 games into the current season,” Stein added.
McHale boast of credentials as well as he is known to have played along Larry Bird and part of the three-time champions Boston Celtics in 1981, 1984 and 1986. He is also a seven-time NBA All-Star, a three-time NBA All-Defensive team, three-time All-Defensive second team, two-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year awardee, NBA All-Rookie First team, All-NBA First team and NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team.
Now, it the Kings could not see through his credentials, they should not expect something big to come out of the magician’s hat as well. But most importantly is if McHale would want to sign with them as their next head coach?
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