Kyle Lowry takes issue with McHale

Updated: May 26, 2012, 9:23 PM ET
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Kyle Lowry expects the Houston Rockets' backcourt to look a little different next season.

The Rockets guard told the Houston Chronicle on Friday that he does not think he and Goran Dragic will both return next season. And he is especially unlikely to play for Houston if Kevin McHale returns as coach.

Lowry If things aren't addressed coaching-wise, I guess I have to be moved.

-- Kyle Lowry on Kevin McHale

"I don't think so," Lowry told the newspaper about playing under McHale. "I honestly think it would be tough. Things have to be addressed. The situation would have to be addressed.

"If things aren't addressed coaching-wise, I guess I have to be moved."

McHale told the Chronicle he thought their issues could be overcome.

"That's very surprising," McHale told the newspaper. "I didn't think we had too much of a problem coexisting this year. Everybody has a little beef every once in a while. I didn't feel like (there were problems). He apparently did.

"There were times that we didn't agree on things. There were times that I got on him. I don't think it was unduly harsh on anybody."

The rift between McHale and Lowry was most visible in a game in Denver in April when they argued during a timeout. McHale grabbed Lowry and pulled him back toward the huddle.

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Lowry had surgery May 1 to repair a sports hernia and was expected to return to normal offseason training in six to eight weeks.

The 6-foot Lowry missed 19 games this season, mostly because of a bacterial infection. Dragic took over the starting job in March and averaged 18 points and 8.4 assists in 28 starts.

Lowry averaged 14 points and 6.6 assists in 47 games for the Rockets this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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