MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale said Thursday he will return to the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, as will coach Randy Wittman and star Kevin Garnett.
In a season-ending news conference, McHale addressed a long, frustrating year in which his Wolves finished 32-50 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
Many fans have become frustrated with McHale for not surrounding Garnett with a better, more competitive team. One such fan was kicked out of Wednesday night's season finale against Memphis for holding a sign that read, ``Fire McHale!''
Despite the criticism, McHale said he will be back for another season and promised to overhaul a roster that struggled with on-court chemistry and consistency.
``I don't want to walk away with the team in this state,'' said McHale, who said this year's team resembled the ``dysfunctional'' squad he inherited when he was named vice president in 1995.
McHale praised Wittman's leadership after taking over for the fired Dwane Casey and said the 12-30 finish under the coach was not indicative of his skills.
In reference to Garnett, McHale said ``we're not planning on trading Kevin.'' Garnett has an opt-out clause in his contract after next season.

Top NBA Public Bets

#1 509 Boston Celtics  86%
#2 512 Atlanta Hawks  75%
#3 505 San Antonio Spurs  63%
#4 501 Toronto Raptors  55%
#5 508 Utah Jazz  54%

NBA Top Stories

Thumbnail Spurs vs. Grizzlies Game 6 Pick Will the San Antonio Spurs go on the road and finish off the Memphis Grizzlies when the two meet in Game 6...
Thumbnail Raptors vs. Bucks Game 6 Pick Can the Toronto Raptors close out the Milwaukee Bucks when the two meet in Game 6 of their NBA Playoffs series today at 7PM...
Thumbnail Bulls vs. Celtics Game 5 Pick Will the Boston Celtics stay hot when their NBA Playoff series with the Chicago Bulls returns home tonight for Game 5 at 8:30PM...
Thumbnail Hawks vs. Wizards Game 5 Pick Who has the edge when the Washington Wizards host the Atlanta Hawks meet up tonight at 6PM ET in Game 5 of...
Thumbnail Jazz vs. Clippers Game 5 Pick Will the Los Angeles Clippers be able to regroup at home when they host the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of their...

NBA Team Pages