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Rockets to wear armband, have moment of silence to honor Sasha McHale

Nov 26, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

Kevin Mchale AP

The entire NBA nation feels for Kevin McHale right now, who lost his daughter to her battle with Lupus over the weekend.

The Houston Rockets – the team McHale coaches but is on a leave of absence from — has come up with ways to honor McHale and his late daughter, Sasha, reports the Houston Chronicle.

The Rockets made plans to wear a green band on the shoulder of their uniforms to memorialize Sasha McHale, the daughter of Rockets coach Kevin McHale who passed on Saturday. Green was Sasha McHale’s favorite color. There will be a moment of silence before the team is introduced before Tuesday’s game against Toronto at Toyota Center.

There is no timetable for McHale’s return to the Rockets. Nor should there be. The man is making funeral arrangements for his daughter and as a father I have no idea how you bounce back from that.

The gesture from the Rockets is a nice one.

As we have said before, our thoughts are with the McHale family.

  1. dysraw1 - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:10 PM


  2. raidmagic - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Ugh, I can’t imagine the pain. Makes me hold my girls just a little bit tighter

  3. moseskkim - Nov 26, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    I’ve always admired mchale’s knowledge of the game. He knows what he’s talking about and talks about it in a humble way. I really wish for healing of their hearts in this difficult time. Puts things in perspective.. Basketball money fame is all awesome but when you lose family.. Those things don’t mean much anymore. r.i.p ms mchale..

  4. davidcl77 - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    So sad. Love the big guy.

  5. ebrownwareagle - Nov 26, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Hated the Celtics growing up! But as a Fan of Greatness; watched every Celts game that came on TV to watch Larry Legend, The Chief and Kevin Mc. Ball. Classic Laker Battles. My heart goes out to The Family. In Time, shall you find your Peace!

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:05 AM

      Same here. The “hatred” one felt was more born out of respect for greatness. If you want to consider yourself great then you have to beat the greatest opposition. McHale’s Celtics team of the 80’s was one of the yardsticks of that era.

      My deepest condolences to the McHale family. As Theoden would say, “No parent should have to bury their child.”

  6. sportsfan2002 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Sad to read this. Makes you want to live for today and not tomorrow.

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