Kevin McHale is a former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. He is a 7-time NBA All-Star and is a three-time NBA Champion. He spent his entire professional career playing for the Boston Celtics. When he retired, the Celtics also retired jersey Number 32 in his honor.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Kevin Edward McHale was born on December 19, 1957, in Hibbing, Minnesota. He stands 208 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 95 kg. He played power forward.

His parents were Josephine Patricia and Paul Austin McHale. He is of Croatian and Irish descent. He is married to Lynn McHale. They have five children together.

Position Power Forward
Height / weight 2.08 m / 95 kg
Born 19 Dec 1957
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname Black Hole
Team History
26 boston celtics Boston Celtics 1980 - 1993

High School and College Career

He attended Hibbing High School in his hometown and he was named the 1976 Minnesota Mr. Basketball. McHale also helped lead his team to a state championship.

After high school, he went on to play collegiate basketball for the University of Minnesota where he was named to the All-Big Ten twice.

Professional Career

He joined the NBA during the 1980 NBA Draft while selected by the Boston Celtics. In his first year with the NBA, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the same year, he was instrumental in helping the Celtics win the NBA Championship.

In 1984, he was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He was also named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career. Later, he would be named an All-Star 6 more times from 1986 to 1991. In 1985, he was again named the Sixth Man of the Year for the league.

Starting in 1988, McHale was hampered by injuries that eventually led to his career decline. His last season in the NBA was the 1992-93 season. During game 4 of the playoffs, he announced his retirement.

After he retired, the Celtics also retired his Jersey Number. He has also been named to the 50th and 75th NBA Anniversary Teams. In 1999, he was also named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In the early and late 2000s, he served as an NBA Coach. He started his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Later, he coached the Houston Rockets.

Career Highlights

  • 1981, 1984, 1986 - NBA champion
  • 1984, 1986–1991 - NBA All-Star
  • 1987 - All-NBA First Team
  • 1986–1988 - NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • 1983, 1989, 1990 - NBA All-Defensive Second Team
  • 1984, 1985 - NBA Sixth Man of the Year
  • 1981 - NBA All-Rookie First Team

  • NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
  • No. 32 retired by the Boston Celtics

  • 1980 - First-team All-Big Ten

  • No. 44 retired by the Minnesota Golden Gophers

  • 1976 - Minnesota Mr. Basketball

Career Playing Statistics

  • Points - 17,335 (17.9 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 7,122 (7.3 rpg)
  • Blocks - 1,690 (1.7 bpg)

Career Coaching Record

  • NBA - 232–185 (.556)

  • Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, 1999
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006

Medals, Men’s basketball, Representing the United States

  • Gold - 1979 Pan American Games San Juan
  • Gold - 1979 Universiade Mexico City

Team History:

As a coach:

  • 2005, 2008–2009 - Minnesota Timberwolves
  • 2011–2015 - Houston Rockets

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