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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," he said. "Hopefully it's the right time. I don't know there ever is a right time. I don't know if there is a playbook about this, but I'm excited to be back."
McHale will coach the Rockets on Saturday night against the Mavericks.
Houston went 7-6 under interim coach Kelvin Sampson while McHale was out.
McHale said he spoke with Sampson daily, watched each game and tried to stay plugged into the team as much as he could while he was away.
"It was hard. I don't want to get into the whole thing, but it was hard because your mind is a million miles away, but yet you're still watching games and you're still pulling for the guys so hard and you want them to win," he said. "A lot of times that hour of the day (talking to Sampson) was sometimes the best part of the day."
The second-year coach and Hall of Fame player complimented the job Sampson and the rest of the staff did while he was out. He said he felt bad that he had to leave this young team, which was trying to fit new pieces together, just when the season was starting.
"There just was a ton of adjustments to be made, and I thought they did a really good job of making adjustments," he said of his coaching staff.
McHale never directly addressed his daughter, but he did note that he appreciated the support he received from various people around the league during this difficult time.
"I've heard from a lot of people (and) that's been tremendous," he said. "I had a lot of guys that I didn't know that well that really reached out, and I spent a lot of time talking to them. It's a terrible situation ... it's incomprehensible. But it meant a lot."
The Rockets are paying tribute to McHale's daughter by wearing a green and purple band on their jerseys and a patch of the same color with her initials on their warm-up shirts. Green was her favorite color, and purple is the color that represents the fight against Lupus.
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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.
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...
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....
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:
Sometimes sports can be a sanctuary.
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...