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Thu, 02/18/2010 - 12:56pm  

McHale: Possible trade not 'a big deal'

NBA TV analyst and Celtics legend Kevin McHale joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning and talked about NBA trade week as well as the Celtics' prospects for the rest of this season. McHale said he's waiting to see if the C's can turn it on, and he's not overly concerned with what happened prior to this point. "They just have not hit their stride this year," McHale said. "They had a couple of periods where they've played really well and I started thinking, 'OK, here they go.' But I think for a championship-caliber team it's really how you play after the All-Star break." Added McHale: "I think they're set and poised for a push right now. But sometimes when you get older and you're looking for that push, it just never materializes."

 

McHale said the Cavaliers had already become the team to beat in the Eastern Conference before adding Antawn Jamison this week. "I think you could have said that starting about six weeks ago, really," McHale said. "Cleveland really started playing much better. ... Right around Christmas, I saw them really come out and play some defense. They got up, they got their energy going. They looked like a different team to me."

 

Commenting on the rumored trade of Eddie House to the Knicks for Nate Robinson, McHale said: "I actually have always liked Eddie with the Celtics, because he's a great finisher as far as making shots. ... It's always great to have guys that can just knock down shots, and I think Eddie's done that for them. I think with Nate, he's a little bit more of a dynamic player, he can do a few more things than Eddie. But I still think Eddie's a better shooter than Nate Robinson. But to be truthful, I don't think that's a big deal. I think a much bigger deal is getting [Kevin] Garnett playing better, getting Rasheed Wallace playing a lot better, getting Ray Allen playing better, getting Paul Pierce healthy, that's what's really going to happen for those guys, and getting Marquis Daniels acclimated, playing better. ... They've got to start jelling and playing well together. If they're playing this way going into the playoffs, it won't be good."

 

As for the recent debate about whether Paul Pierce belongs on the list of five greatest Celtics, McHale said: "That's so hard to say. Who are you going to kick off that list? You've got [Bill] Russell, [Bob] Cousy, [John] Havlicek, [Larry] Bird — there are so many great players that have come through there. I long ago stopped comparing eras." Added McHale: "The guy [Pierce] can really score the ball and they won a championship there, so he's definitely in the discussion."

 

To hear the interview, check the Dale & Holley audio on demand page. To read a transcript, check the Green Street blog this afternoon.




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