McHale values spending entire career with C's

McHale values spending entire career with C's
November 19, 2013, 8:00 pm
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All 13 seasons of Kevin McHale's career were spent with the Boston Celtics, a rare occurrence in the NBA these days.

In his final years, leg and back injuries reduced the Hall of Famer to a shell of the once-dominant player he used to be.

McHale averaged just 10.7 points and shot 45.9 percent from the field, the only time he shot less than 50 percent from the field.

As the Houston Rockets head coach, McHale knows all too well that the league has changed dramatically from his time as a player.

He can look no further than his own team whose top three players - Dwight Howard, James Harden and Jeremy Lin - were all acquired via trades or free agency.

And as players of this era switch teams, sometimes by choice, McHale cherishes the opportunity he had to spend his entire playing career with the same team.

"I was glad I finished my career as a Celtic," McHale told reporters prior to Boston's game at Houston. "But that's not up to you as a player."

Only a handful of players have no-trade clauses in their contract.

So for the rest of the league's players, there's little they can do if a team wants to move them on elsewhere.

"Back then, it was a little bit of a different era, too," McHale said. "Where they held on to players, people finished their careers at one spot a lot more."