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[ClutchFans] Podcast: Former Rockets coach Bill Fitch talks with ClutchFans
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This was a personal honor to have former Rockets coach Bill Fitch on the podcast. Some really good insight from him on Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson and the early/mid '80s Rockets. We also talked about Kevin McHale getting into coaching and how he accepted the 6th Man role despite being a high draft pick.

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Whoa! Very much a person I'd love to hear from. Will listen as soon as I get home.

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Well done Clutch.
 
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Damn, now that's a guest.

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Great interview. I'd be afraid to even ask him a question for fear of it sounding too dumb.
 
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Great interview.

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I thought the questions were excellent. Interesting to hear that McHale wasn't the greatest practice player at first, and basically had to get whipped into it. Maybe that allows him to relate to his players more. Not every player's psyche works like a Bird or Jordan.
 
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McHale has stated the same thing many times. It was Bird that set the example and made everyone play harder. That is why he was a great coach eventhough he didn't handle any of the X and O's when he was with the Pacers.

I see the same thing with McHale. He doesn't have to handle the X and O's, he just needs to teach guys how to win.

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Awesome. Congrats on the interview! That must have been pretty exciting.

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Nice interview. I wished you guys had more time to get into stuff like specific McHale stories. I read that McHale chafed under Fitch's drill instructor approach to coaching. Wonder if Fitch has any dirt on McHale.

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Dammit, Dave!

We were probably going to do another podcast together soon, but how the hell am I supposed to follow THAT act?!

Great job, bud. Amazing guest. Excellent interview.

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That was excellent.
Really, really enjoyed.

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Thanks again, Clutch.

I really appreciate these podcasts. Keep up the good work!
 
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I appreciate all the compliments... thank you. It was a great experience for me to talk Rockets, McHale with Bill ... really brought back a lot of memories for me as a fan.

If you have CSN Houston, Bill Worrell's interview of Fitch ("Conversation with Bill Fitch") is airing right now.

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I thought the questions were excellent. Interesting to hear that McHale wasn't the greatest practice player at first, and basically had to get whipped into it. Maybe that allows him to relate to his players more. Not every player's psyche works like a Bird or Jordan.
McHale acted like a goofball under KC Jones, too, from what I heard. He wasn't a practice guy, but when the game started, he got serious really fast.

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McHale acted like a goofball under KC Jones, too, from what I heard. He wasn't a practice guy, but when the game started, he got serious really fast.
I think McHale being a goofball at times is why Bill Fitch told Clutch that he thought McHale may be able to reach Howard and get him to the next level. McHale, like Howard, loves to joke around and have fun but you don't become a Hall of Famer or DPOY without having putting in hours and hours of serious work on a sustained basis.

Books and articles about the old Celtics indicate that Bird was kind of bothered by McHale having too much fun and not being the same sullen maniacal competitor that Bird was. (These teams used to have a split between "Kevin guys" and "Larry guys" with few who were members of both. Bird would also be more generous with praising Parish than praising McHale).

Does the McHale-Bird dynamic remind anyone of two players on a team last year?

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I appreciate all the compliments... thank you. It was a great experience for me to talk Rockets, McHale with Bill ... really brought back a lot of memories for me as a fan.

If you have CSN Houston, Bill Worrell's interview of Fitch ("Conversation with Bill Fitch") is airing right now.
Another exceptional feather in your cap! Congrats.
 
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Great interview Dave! How the heck did you get Bill Fitch?

One big thing I took from the interview is that Bill thinks Asik and D12 can play 10 - 20 minutes a game together regardless of the opponent.
 
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Excellent interview.

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Great interview Dave! How the heck did you get Bill Fitch?

One big thing I took from the interview is that Bill thinks Asik and D12 can play 10 - 20 minutes a game together regardless of the opponent.
Speaking of playing two bigs together: What was Jim Petersen's game like back in the 80s? Was he a good mid-to-long range shooter? How did the Petersen-Olajuwon combo work?

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