Full Name: Kevin Edward McHale, Born: December 19, 1957 Hibbing, Minnesota, Mother: Josephine Patricia Starcevich, Father: Paul Austin McHale, High School: Hibbing High School Hibbing, MN, College: University of Minnesota Drafted: Boston Celtics [1]

During high school McHale played on the Hibbing basketball team, and his senior year he was named Minnesota Mr. Basketball of 1976. In the early years of the 1970’s, his true love was hockey, but then came the growth spurt that shocked everybody. His father was only 5-10 and his mother was only 5-6. During high school he sprouted from 5-9 to 6-11. His coach, Gary Addington, helped him control his height by playing him one-on-one. He went on to play basketball at the University of Minnesota as the forward- center. On June 10, 1980, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 1980 NBA draft.[2] He played for the Celtics for 13 years.

Over 13 NBA seasons, all with the Celtics, McHale had amassed 17,355 points, 7,122 rebounds, 1,690 blocked shots and a .554 lifetime field-goal percentage. Through the 1994-95 season he ranked fourth on the Celtics' all-time scoring list, behind only John Havlicek, Bird and Parish.Edit

On January 30, 1994, during an 18-minute halftime ceremony at Boston Garden, Kevin McHale's uniform No. 32 was retired. Waving one of those big arms toward the crowd, he could at last take the spotlight. Bird, in whose shadow McHale had played for 12 of his 13 seasons, sat in the audience. McHale's No. 32 was raised next to Bird's No. 33 in the Boston Garden rafters. Edit

After coming back to Minnesota, McHale joined the Minnesota Timberwolves as a television analyst and special assistant for the 1993-94 season. In the summer of 1994, he was promoted to assistant general manager by the new owner Glen Taylor. He continued in his dual role as a Timberwolves broadcaster and executive in 1994-95, until he was elevated to the position of vice president of basketball operations on May 11, 1995. He succeeded Jack McCloskey, who retired from his career in the NBA at the end of the regular season.Edit

With McHale calling the shots in the front office, the Timberwolves added Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury and captured their first-ever playoff berth in 1996-97. Always successful as a player, McHale was proving he could get the job done in an executive capacity as well. [3]Edit

I interviewed Sandy Warner, my grandmother. She has a distant relation to Kevin McHale, but she knows his mother the best. She told me about how we were related and told me about his high school years at Hibbing High School.Edit

[1]Famous Why (07 June ‘08). “Kevin McHale”Edit

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[2] Basketball Reference (2000-2010). “Kevin McHale” <> 12-7-10

[3] NBA Encyclopedia Playoff Edition (2010). “McHale” <> 12-7-10

[4] Interview of Sandy Warner. 12-17-10