No final decision has officially been reached, nor are contract negotiations underway, but McHale has clearly separated himself fromDallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, sources said. McHale made a strong final impression in conversations with Houston officials on Thursday in Chicago, and could receive a formal offer in the next week.
The Rockets are still deliberating on different scenarios involving the three finalists, sources say, but McHale is the candidate to beat for the job. Rockets owner Les Alexander must still ultimately sign off on the recommendation of GM Daryl Morey and his front office staff.
I like Kevin McHale… but I'm not sold on him as a head coach at all. He must be one hell of an interview.
Meanwhile, I'm as torn on Lawrence Frank as I was on Tom Thibodeau. He's a good guy and a good coach. I like what he brings to the C's and I don't want to see him leave… but I also don't want to root against someone advancing his career when he deserves to do so.
So I wish Lawrence luck… seemingly with the Warriors job at the moment… and with whatever else might crop up. And if the worst thing that happens is he comes back… then so be it.