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This weekend saw the return to basketball of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale.
The former NBA All-Star has been away from the game since the tragic November 24 death of his daughter. Sasha McHale died of Lupus-related complications and was only 23-years old.
Before the Rockets took on the Dallas Mavericks, McHale spoke of the ordeal:
“I feels good to be back. I’ve been gone a pretty long time. It’s good to rely on the players to make plays and the coaches to help me out a lot.
“It’s been a while, but hopefully it’s the right time. I don’t know if there ever is a right time. Don’t know if there’s a playbook by this. I’m excited to be back. I think it’s gonna be good. It’s been, needless to say, a terrible month. But you know, it just felt like the time to come back and go to work and be around the guys.”
It is times like these that really emphasise the insignificance of sports in the overall scheme of things. Outside of the game that we all obsess over, there a
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Kevin McHale returned to coach the Rockets on Saturday for the first time since the tragic death of his 23-year-old daughter. The Mavericks each took the time to welcome him.
HOUSTON Kevin McHale does not know why he is here. Why today instead of yesterday, or instead of tomorrow? He cant answer that. Maybe he doesnt want to think about it.
"I have no idea," he said. "Are you kidding me? I have no idea."
Almost a month ago, McHale left Houston to be with his daughter, Alexandra, who had become sick. Her family called her Sasha....
HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston coach Kevin McHale has rejoined the Rockets after almost a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his daughter.
McHale took a leave of absence on Nov. 10 to be with his family as his daughter's health worsened. Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died Nov. 24 of complications from Lupus. She was 23.
"It's been a while,"...
Last night, Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale returned after mourning the loss of his 23-year-old daughter to Lupus and the Dallas Mavericks did a very classy act following the conclusion of the game.After the final buzzer sounded, many Mavericks players went over to welcome the coach back to the sidelines and offer their condolences:
Maybe we make too much of simple gestures of class in sports. Perhaps it’s because they are unfortunately not as frequent as one might expect or hope them to be. Regardless, an action need not be grand or flashy to be powerful. The Dallas Mavericks showed the class of their team and organization this weekend with only a series of handshakes.
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Kevin McHale, who took a leave of absence November 10th to attend to his family, will reportedly rejoin the Houston Rockets tonight when they take on the Mavs in Dallas. McHale’s daughter, Sasha, passed away on November 25, and since then the Rockets have shown continuous support, attending her memorial service in Minnesota on November 28th, and wearing jersey patches and ribbons...
Class act by the Dallas Mavericks. The entire team, one by one, greeted Rockets’ head coach Kevin McHale with a hug and welcomed him back after the passing of his daughter, Sasha.
Kevin McHale rejoined the Houston Rockets and will coach on Saturday night.
Houston coach Kevin McHale has rejoined the Rockets after almost
a month away from the team, and two weeks after the death of his
Kevin McHale wasn't with the Houston Rockets for last week's blowout loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
He could be hard-pressed to make adjustments that will slow down the Spurs as these Southwest Division rivals meet Monday night in Houston.
McHale rejoined the Rockets (9-10) for Saturday's 116-109 defeat to Dallas. The coach spent almost a month away from the team, and...
O.J. Mayo scored 40 points, including 10 in the last three minutes, to lift the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-109 victory over the Rockets on Saturday night in coach Kevin McHale's return to the Houston bench.
James Harden had 30 points at halftime, but the Mavericks slowed him down in the second half. He scored just nine points in the second half.
McHale rejoined the team on Saturday...
Yardbarker & The Cannons, Pat & Steve listen to some great sound from the Yardbarker website including Kevin Garnett with some choice words, Kevin McHale comes back after the death of his daughter, Jim Lampley has a little word slip up & a bad free throw.