It takes a lot to bring Kevin McHale back into coaching. The former Minnesota Timberwolves general manager and head coach had a steady job at TNT and only something great could have dragged him out of his analyst seat.
Something great like the Houston Rockets' roster.
Sure, this team missed the playoffs last season, but no one can deny the talent that they have in their roster. Kevin Martin, Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola are the key players in the roster, but guys like Chase Budinger, Chuck Hayes and Courtney Lee are all decent role players.
Further down the rotation, guys such as Goran Dragic and Brad Miller can be found, and they are players that have shown that they can contribute in the playoffs, let alone the regular season.
To fill out the roster, the talented likes of Terrence Williams, Jordan Hill, Patrick Patterson and Hasheem Thabeet are seen, with all of them being high draft picks that have high potential, waiting to be discovered.
McHale will have his hands full trying to sort out the rotation. Unlike most of the other teams, however, the most difficult part for McHale's staff is to distribute the playing time among a talented bunch, all able to contribute in their own way.
And I haven't even mention Yao Ming yet.
Whereby former head coach Rick Adelman had to face the problem of adjusting the entire team for Yao when the latter is healthy, McHale face a much easier task because should Yao return to Houston, he would be on a much cheaper salary and the Hall of Famer would not be under scrutiny should he give Yao a DNP-CD.
That's not to say that Yao would not contribute to the cause should he stay in Houston and is healthy. He is still one of the best big men in the NBA right now thanks to his height and soft shooting touch. All that is required of him is that he is able to catch up to others in a normal NBA game.
McHale will no doubt do what he did with Al Jefferson in Minnesota and start teaching Yao, along with Thabeet, Hill, Patterson and Scola, some low-post moves that can get them points easily.
In Houston, McHale also does not have to worry about trouble makers unlike in Minnesota, where he had to deal with the complaining of Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell in his first stint as the Timberwolves' head coach.
With Daryl Morey, McHale has one of the best general managers in the league backing him and should anybody cause any problem, Morey will have him out in a hurry.
However, it is true that there has been an air of uncertainty in Houston, with many fearing that they might get traded for someone better. What McHale needs to do is instill confidence into the squad by assuring that they would not get traded, at least until a superstar wants to leave his town.
With all that said, McHale, as a new head coach and looking around all the available coaching slots, could not have picked a team with a higher potential for success than Houston. Once the engine is up and running, the Rockets are ready to takeoff.