Yep, Mchale did have high shoulders, but I doubt Mchale's wingspan is longer than Yao's given that he's at least 7 inches shorter. His wingspan I've heard and I assume is probably 7,3 or 7,4" and standing reach (w/ shoes) probably 9,3" or 9,4" I suppose.
Maxiel at 6'5 has 7'4 reach...It would not be surprising if Mchale had good deal more than that.
"I think wingspan is every bit as important, maybe way more important than your height," said Minnesota Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale, who had an 8-foot wingspan in his day. "You've seen those guys that are 6-11, and they've got those pterodactyl arms. Those guys, they don't do too well."
That seems insane. An 8 foot wingspan on a 6'11" guy?
He may be exaggerating with the 8' mark, but damn his hand looks rim level off a jump step in a couple of those pictures. It's hard to tell if that's just the photo perspective....still, he's clearly pushing 7'7 plus.
I wonder what Pau Gasol's wingspan is at? He seems like he barely has to get off the ground for his dunks.
I've read about 7,6" at 7 feet. He still obviously has to get off the ground a noticeable amount to dunk unlike the 7,5" Iranian fellow with an 8 foot wingspan we discussed before who can dunk without having to jump off the ground whatsoever! As for Mchale's wingspan I doubt it's over 7,6" but definitely more than 7,2".
That's rather unusual. Most ppl I think have a wingspan that's at least their height if not more. I guess you just have really short arms for your height and narrow shoulders (maybe you have the Kevin Willis syndrome going on because I am pretty sure Kevin Willis at 7' also had a wingspan that was probably only 6,9" or 6,10").