McHale says he has agreed to coach Rockets

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MIAMI (AP) -- Hall of Famer Kevin McHale says he has agreed to become the Houston Rockets' next coach.

McHale made the announcement before Game 1 of the NBA finals on Tuesday night. He tells NBA.com he really missed coaching and he likes the Rockets' nucleus.

McHale's first coaching experience came when he took over the Minnesota Timberwolves for the last 31 games of the 2005 season after he fired Flip Saunders. McHale went back to the front office after that then returned to coach in 2008 after Randy Wittman was fired.

He went 20-43 after taking over that season before the Timberwolves let him go.

McHale had been working as an analyst for NBA TV and TNT. Turner Sports President David Levy says he wishes McHale the best of luck in his new job.