Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American retired professional basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Boston Celtics. He is also a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee. McHale began working for the Minnesota Timberwolves immediately following his retirement in 1993 (until 2009), at different times, as a TV analyst, general manager, and finally head coach. McHale then worked as an on-air analyst for NBA TV and Turner Sports’s popular NBA on TNT studio show. He was most recently the head coach of the Houston Rockets.
Entering the 1980 NBA draft, the Celtics held the number one overall pick, but in a pre-draft trade, considered by many to be among the most lopsided in NBA history, Celtics president Red Auerbach dealt the pick and an additional first-round pick to the Golden State Warriors for center Robert Parish and the Warriors’ first-round pick, the third overall, which the Celtics used to draft McHale.
In 971 regular season games McHale averaged 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds and in 169 post-season games averaged 18.8 points and 7.4 rebounds.
At the end of the 2007–2008 season McHale ranked tenth 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.
McHale’s number 32 jersey was retired by the Celtics on January 30, 1994, during a halftime ceremony at the Boston Garden .
He was chosen one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players and was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.
In 1992, McHale was elected to the Minnesota State High School League Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Career highlights and awards
3× NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
7× NBA All-Star (1984, 1986–1991)
All-NBA First Team (1987)
3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1986–1988)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1983, 1989–1990)
2× NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1984–1985)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1981)
NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
No. 32 retired by Boston Celtics
No. 44 retired by University of Minnesota