Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge offer a “spot” to McHale

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The biggest surprise in the NBA today is the firing of Rockets’ head coach, Kevin McHale and it didn’t take long for another job offer came to his door. Just recently, his former Celtic teammate – who is now the General Manager of the organization – offered McHale to a chance to have a homecoming to the team that molded him to his legendary status.

“I’ve always tried to get Kevin to come work with me and work with my big guys,” said Danny Ainge to the Boston Herald

“I told Kevin that today. We’ve got a spot for him. I know we could figure something out for him in some capacity, but I think he’s just in a wait and see mode.”

With the offer comes with a respectable decline (for now). McHale told Ainge that he will take some time off from and think about his next move.

“He appreciated me reaching out to him, but I think he’s just going to lay low. He’s probably got bigger and better things to do — or more relaxing things to do,” added Ainge

With Brad Stevens currently the head coach of the Celtics, Ainge offered McHale that he would be doing broadcasting for the Celtics and probably a trainer for the young team.

“He’ll have some opportunities in TV, and maybe when the dust settles I can get him out to teach the slippery eel to Kelly (Olynyk) and Sully (Jared Sullinger) and Amir (Johnson).”

espnboston_g_ainge-mchale2_mb_600Ainge was McHale’s teammate back in their Celtic days in the 80’s. Both players went through thick and thin as both players knew what it was to lose and at the same time build a basketball dynasty.

“You know, here’s a guy that has such amazing integrity as a person,” Ainge said. “You watch him on the sidelines, and he walks with a limp because of the sacrifices he made to be one of the greatest champions in history.

McHale’s firing as the Rockets’ head coach came as a surprise also to him but Ainge is quite confident that his former teammate will still be sticking around the NBA and teams would like to get his services.

“He loves and respects the game so much. It’s surprising when something like this happens, shocking even. But he’s going to be fine. He’s going to get a chance to get some rest here and, who knows, probably jump on TV and have a blast doing that. And then there’ll be a lot of teams wanting to hire him, because he did a fantastic job in Houston. You look at their team over the last few years; their roster was constantly in flux. He did an amazing job putting that thing together.”


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