Posts Tagged ‘Kevin McHale’

What if there was an NBA team of NBA coaches?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Plenty of NBA coaches were NBA players before becoming coaches — in the Western Conference Finals, for instance, both Steve Kerr and Kevin McHale are former players. There are also a lot of coaches who never played in the NBA, from Gregg Popovich to Tom Thibodeau.

But what would happen if all the NBA coaches played in the NBA. And not when they were young and in shape, but now, when they are, you know, old?

Well, a few months back someone decided to find out by using NBA 2K, so here are a bunch of coaches playing against the Eastern Conference All-Stars. This is ridiculous, sure, but it’s also hilarious…

VIDEO: Coaches vs. Players

Throwback Thursday: Kevin McHale debuts

VIDEO: Relive Kevin McHale’s Hall of Fame career

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Kevin McHale’s NBA debut

In 1980, then-Boston Celtics president Red Auerbach knew how to make his team into a contender — even after it had boasted Larry Bird on the roster for a season.

Before the 1980 Draft, Auerbach engineered a blockbuster trade that shaped a dynasty as Boston traded its No. 1 pick and a later 1980 first-round pick to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick and a young center named Robert Parish. Then, after Golden State selected Joe Barry Carroll at No. 1 and Utah took Darrell Griffith at No. 2, Auerbach added Kevin McHale and Boston’s “Big Three” of the decade was born.

Today, we take a look back at McHale’s career, which began on this date in 1980. Upon the conclusion of his NBA days, McHale was a seven-time All-Star, a two-time Sixth Man of the Year, a three-time NBA champion and a Hall of Famer.

Gallery: Kevin McHale’s storied NBA career

What’s your favorite Kevin McHale memory? Leave your comments below!

Throwback Thursday: Best Players To Wear No. 32

VIDEO: Best Power Forwards: Kevin McHale

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: All-time greats to wear No. 32

By Jonathan Hartzell,

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Boston Celtics’ ceremony to retire Kevin McHale‘s No. 32 jersey. The Hall of Fame power forward spent his entire 13-year career with the Celtics, winning three NBA championships and making seven All-Star teams.

Surprisingly, McHale is not the only legend to wear the No. 32. In this week’s Throwback Thursday, we look at the best players to ever wear this historic jersey number:

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon in the gallery for details about each player.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: NBA’s famous No. 32s

Who would you say is the best No. 32 ever? Leave your comments below!

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Jeremy Lamb

By Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder

When I first found out I was getting traded from Houston to Oklahoma City about a month ago, it was a shock and definitely unexpected. I played summer league and preseason with the Rockets, and when I found out I was getting traded, I knew I was going to have to learn a new system, a new coaching staff and new teammates.

I had no idea the trade was coming, and wasn’t sure how it was going to work out. But both teams talked me through it. First, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey talked to me about it. About 30 to 45 minutes later, Thunder general manager Sam Presti called me to tell me I’d be going to Oklahoma City and that they were going to fly me out the next day and get started right away. Coach [Scott] Brooks also called me that night.

I left around 4 p.m. the next day, so there was very little time to say goodbyes. I had a chance to talk to some people, including Coach [Kevin] McHale. I liked him a lot, as a coach and a player. He’s a good coach and I enjoyed talking to him. I was glad I was able to say goodbye to him, as well as to some of the other rookies like Scott Machado and Terrence Jones. I spoke to Toney Douglas, who told me, “This is a business. I’ve seen firsthand that side of the business early on in my career, too. Go ahead and do your thing, be aggressive, and work hard.”

I’ve definitely seen the business side of the NBA early, probably before any of the other rookies. But that’s not a bad thing, just something I had to go through. Everything happens for a reason, and I was blessed to play with Houston.

I am adjusting now, so everything is going good.

OKC, Here We Come!

I like it here in Oklahoma City so far. It’s a good city with real good fans and nice people. There’s not much to do, so you can really focus on basketball, which reminds me of Connecticut.

I’ve been living in a hotel since I got to OKC. About a week ago, my mom and someone from my agency came here to help me find a place, and I’ll be moving in in about a week or two. My Mom, Dad and sister are still living in Houston, but they will be moving out to here in a month or so.

We were on the road for Thanksgiving. This was not the first time I wasn’t with my family for the holiday, so I think I’m kind of used to it by now. Growing up, we used to go to my Bishop’s house in Atlanta; cook some good food and have fun. This year, we didn’t do anything as a team, but some people had Thanksgiving food before we got on the plane.

Christmas is the only holiday where I really wish I were with my family. Last year, when I was playing with UComm, we had practice on Christmas Day because we had a game the next day. This year, we will be playing the Miami Heat in Miami on Christmas Day. That will be exciting!


A lot of my teammates, especially Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins and Russell Westbrook, have taken me under their wing. Right when the trade happened, KD and Perk texted me saying they were glad to have me and to come in ready to work. I’ve been putting in extra work with KD; Perk has been helping me out; and Russ has been working with me from day one. I’m playing with a lot of great players here who are really teaching me. In Houston, there were a lot more rookies and guys my age, but here in OKC, there are more veterans.

I have one rookie teammate, Perry Jones. That’s my man! I chill at his house and we eat together sometimes. He’s a cool dude, and since he and I are both rookies, I’m thankful we are going through our first season together. It’s nice that there’s another guy to look up when someone yells “Rook!” and somebody who else who has to do rookie chores.

Coach Brooks is a real good coach. He really pushes me and challenges me in practice. He has a good personality, and I like him as a coach and as a person.

It was tough learning the new system, the plays, defensive schemes and all that at first. It took some time to get used to, but I’ve been here a little while, so I’m getting used to it.

I am working as hard as I can. When the opportunity presents itself, I can come in the game and give my team a boost; play hard on defense, score, rebound.

Jeremy Lamb is a 6-foot-5 guard from the University of Connecticut. He was picked 12th overall by the Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft, and traded to the Thunder on Oct. 27 in the deal that sent James Harden to Houston.

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NBA Rooks: Diaries … Jeremy Lamb

By Jeremy Lamb, Houston Rockets

Lamb Family Takes On Houston

This is my first time officially living on my own, which is cool. It’s good for me to have my space. And I like Houston so far; it’s an exciting place to be. I won the NCAA National Championship here in 2011 as a Connecticut Husky, so I have great memories from this city. I’ve had a chance to check out some different malls and little spots around town. I still have to use my GPS sometimes, but overall, I can find what I’m looking for now.

My Mom, Dad and sister made the move from Atlanta to Houston, too. They live up the street from me, just about five minutes away. My sister is 17, so she started going to a new high school in Houston. She was very excited about it, and didn’t mind the move at all. Having my family nearby is working out great. After practice, when I’m tired, I can just call my mom up and she’ll have a good meal ready for me. Sometimes they come over and cook at my house. I also cook for myself, though. I like making breakfast food – eggs, bacon, corned beef hash, waffles. I wake up before practice, usually around 7:30 a.m. or 8 a.m., and make myself breakfast. I’m out the door by 8:30 a.m. Other than breakfast food, I don’t cook much else. When I was in college, I made myself burgers, so I’ll get around to doing that, too.

America’s Character Coach

My Dad, Rolando Lamb, is a motivational speaker, and has always been very involved in my basketball career. He is known as “America’s Character Coach – you can follow him on Twitter @coachlamb3 or go to his Website, Even though I’m in the NBA now, he still gives me all kinds of advice, especially telling me to be aggressive. He also says to never get settled and work hard. My Dad is very motivating, and always has a quote that encourages me. He played professional basketball too, so he can really relate. My Mom is very encouraging too, and tells me to work hard. I know she will be at every home game. My Dad might be on the road sometimes, but my Mom, I know she’ll be there.

Team Talk

Our team is great. We all get along, and I really like the coaching staff. We had some tough preseason games, but are working hard to get better. As far as how I’ve played, I feel okay. There are things I can do better, but it’s a learning experience. I am working a lot on my ball handling, making plays for my teammates, and practicing my rebounding.

A lot of fans say they are excited to see Jeremy Lin and I play together. Most of the time we are on different teams during practice, but when we are on the floor together, it’s a lot of fun. Jeremy is a very humble guy, and a great passer and playmaker. Coach McHale is a good coach. He’s always on me because he sees potential. And he really cares about his players. As my first NBA coach, I’m really excited to be coached by him.

I’m excited and ready to get started with the regular season. I’m going to keep working hard and play as much as I can. For me, it’s a new start, and I’m going to be the best I can be.

To hear more about how my rookie season is going, follow me on Twitter @jlamb.

To see a recap from my Draft Experience, check out Draft Dreams on AwesomenessTV.

Jeremy Lamb is a 6-foot-5 guard from the University of Connecticut. He was picked 12th overall by the Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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