The walls certainly appear ready to collapse on Kevin McHale’s bunker as he coaches out the string with the Wolves and prepares for the inevitable postseason firing squad (if Tom Cruise doesn’t get there first to save the people of Minnesota!)
(Forget the standings, bloggers should judge McHale on how he demands the rapt attention of his players during timeouts)
Thankfully, since Coach McHale doesn’t know how to ‘X and O’, he had plenty of time this week to opine to Don Seeholzer of the ST. PAUL PIONEER-PRESS on why coaches are getting fired so rapidly this season.
And in a shocking development, McHale didn’t citing poor coaching for the unprecedented rash of firings. Instead, he said that bloggers are to blame for the trend.
“I think you’re going to see more and more shorter term stuff in our league,” he said. “Just because the access now, there’s so much media availability and everything else. There’s just so many bloggers; everybody’s got an opinion. There’s all kinds of stuff going on. Sometimes that starts forming the opinion of people in front offices, too, and owner. It’s been kind of a crazy year so far.”
Why, how dare I form an “opinion” about a coach and GM based on the standings!
Anyone from Minny will tell you that the only reason McHale still has a job is his status as a Minnesota-based basketball legend. Wolves Owner Glen Taylor has been overawed by the myth of McHale for many years, and only recently woke up to the fact that the former Celtic will go down as one of the worst GMs in NBA history.
Much like Carl Peterson in Kansas City, early success bought McHale time with the team, but despite the fact that he was responsible for the landmark draft of Kevin Garnett, it’s obvious that’s he’s beyond overmatched running a team in the modern NBA.
Some criticized Taylor for not firing McHale outright when Randy Wittman was let go, but I love the thought of McHale suffering through a season of having to try to coach that diarrhea soup he brewed up on the Wolves roster.
Well played, Sir Taylor.