The voice lurched up to the tip of his tongue and sort of just fell off the edge. Kevin McHale's voice wasn't easy to hear and his eyes weren't exactly lighting up the room either. They were pointed down most of the time.
He was a man who had lost a basketball game. He was a man in agony.
That was Monday night, after the Houston Rockets had lost to the Denver Nuggets, a game Houston needed. They fell to ninth place in the Western Conference standings, one spot away from the playoffs, with five games to play, three of them on the road.
Hope wasn't dead, but they were calling the family.
But then McHale snapped to it.
"We gotta find a way to win, that's all," McHale said. "Gotta find a way to win some games."
McHale and the Rockets desperately want to make the playoffs. That seems like a statement of the obvious. They're on the team. Of course they want to make the playoffs. This is sports, and you want to win, you want to keep playing as long as possible, each game as if it...