Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Kevin McHale Builds Contenders From Mediocre Teams. Just Not His Teams.

I was breezing through this rather happy Philly story (in comparison to the stuff over at 700 level), when something caught my eye.

The Rodney Carney to Minnesota trade has to go down first and then Elton can sign.

I knew this already. What caught my eye though? Was this realization.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been the primary actor in the two biggest deals of the last two seasons. There was, of course, the KG deal which was an outright robbery, no matter how good Al "The Harbinger" Jefferson is or will be. Then, very quietly, McHale traded with Philly for Rodney Carney, Calvin Booth, and a future first round pick, in exchange for cap space. In turn, Phill used that cap space to get them into the upper spending echelon, which, in turn, allowed them to get Brand.

So now this is two years when McHale has helped a power shift from the West to the East take place with a formidable big man going to a team with talent to form a legitimate playoff contender. And neither time has resulted in his team getting discernibly better.

I'm trying to get my brain around this sequence of events. Is the man just the catalyst for every dramatic even not involving the Timberwolves? If he can be close to, a part of, the the mechanism to signficant deals that land superstars in new places ready to really put something together, why can't he do it with his own team? Last season it was Phoenix and LA fans seething at McHale giving Garnett away. This season, the Clippers fans or whatever is left of them after last night, have to be throwing darts at his picture.

The man is an accidental genius. In the worst way.

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