The Rockets introduced new head coach Kevin McHale to a throng of local media reporters today, and the results were predictably suave. McHale used his experience in TV and came off as very slick, and he, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, and Rockets GM Daryl Morey took questions for about 25 minutes.
McHale stayed mostly on point, talking about how he was looking forward to having an entire training camp to shape a team rather than doing the limited things he could as a mid-season replacement. He also noted that he believes the Rockets have pieces in place that can be part of a championship team.
One funny tidbit occurred when McHale was questioned about personnel acquisitions and what it would be like on the other side of the desk as a former GM, and how Morey would be in charge of that now. “Good,” McHale quipped to belly laughs.
Rockets owner Leslie Alexander spoke to the crowd about how the NBA has changed. “The game has evolved…we don’t think one person can do the whole job anymore,” he noted. The Rockets prized McHale’s leadership skills and thought he would be an effective delegate of what they hope is a terrific and deep coaching staff.