McHale hired to coach Houston Rockets

June 1, 2011 - 4:29 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin McHale has been hired to coach the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets made it official on Wednesday that McHale will take over for Rick Adelman, who left the team days after his fourth season in Houston.

McHale spent 15 years with the Timberwolves in his native Minnesota. The Boston Celtics Hall of Famer was let go in 2009 and has recently served as a TV analyst. Reports on Friday said he was taking the job.

The 53-year-old McHale becomes Houston's third coach since 2003, when Rudy Tomjanovich stepped down for health reasons. Jeff Van Gundy coached the team from 2003-07, taking the Rockets to three playoff appearances.

McHale says coaching the Rockets is the "right situation" for him.