HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander officially introduced Kevin McHale as the team’s new coach on Friday.
Alexander says he has found a "leader of men" and the "perfect fit" in the former Boston Celtics great.
The 53-year-old McHale replaces Rick Adelman, who parted ways with the team after four seasons. The Rockets have missed the playoffs the past two seasons.
McHale was working as a television analyst. He says he missed the competition and set a playoff berth as an immediate goal.
A seven-time All-Star, McHale helped Boston win three NBA championships during a 13-year playing career. McHale then worked 16 seasons as an executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves, including two stints as interim head coach.