It's official. Meet the new rocket man who just landed in the Bayou City, Kevin McHale.
McHale takes over for Rick Adelman who was let go after his fourth season as head coach.
McHale got right to the point addressing the fact that Houston has missed the playoffs the last two years dealing with injury after injury to all-star center Yao Ming.
"I think everybody has the same goals: that is to make the playoffs and make playoff runs," said McHale.
The hall of famer is no stranger to making playoff runs. McHale spent 13 seasons with Boston where he won three NBA Championship rings.
"That's the one thing I missed was the competition,” said McHale.
Get a load of this, two of McHale’s championship rings came at the expense of the Rockets. How ironic is that?
“I don't know if you wanna say at the expense of this franchise but I’m glad I got them at they didn't it (laughing) I can tell you that much," said McHale.
McHale who was named as one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time in 1996 worked with Minnesota as the Timberwolves' General Manager and later the head coach.
“One of the reasons I took the job was (because) it's a very well coached very good offensive team,” said McHale. "Our goal is to make the playoffs next year. That's just what it is, and that's going to fall on me to do it and if it doesn't get done it'll be on me. "
Mchale says he's confident the current rockets can play at a high level next season...
“I look at Patrick Patterson. I like at him. I look at (Hasheem) Thabeet. I look at Jordan Hill. You look at all the bigs and say, 'hey, hopefully one of those guys can really grow and get better,’" said McHale.
Hopefully McHale brings a winning basketball team to Houston once again.