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Rockets will play tired to support coach McHale at daughter’s funeral

Nov 27, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

Kevin Mchale AP

Wednesday in Minnesota there will be a memorial service for Sasha McHale, the 23-year-old daughter of Rockets coach (and Celtics legend) Kevin McHale. She lost a long battle with Lupus and, as a father, I can’t imagine McHale’s pain. My heart goes out to him.

The Rockets players want to be supportive and they are enduring a lot of extra travel to do so — they play Tuesday night in Houston against the Raptors, fly to Minneapolis overnight to attend the funeral Wednesday, then take another flight to Oklahoma City, where they land at 3:30 p.m. before a game that night against the Thunder.

And the players seem to wish they could do more, they told NBA.com.

“We’re trying to support him and be there for him as much as possible,” said guard James Harden. “It means a lot, knowing our schedule, knowing we have a game the same day. Obviously, it doesn’t take away the pain from what he lost. We’re just trying to be there to offer support as much as we can.”

The Rockets also are wearing a green band on their jersey shoulder, Green being Sasha’s favorite color.

It is a fantastic gesture by the team.

  1. trapstud - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Some things are more important than winning basketball games…

  2. circuscivics - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    “The Rockets players want to be supportive and they are throwing in extra travel to do so — they play Friday night in Houston against the Raptors… ”

    Kurt. They play Toronto today, Tuesday. The least you can do is proofread your post before posting it. Show some respect to the grieving family by doing thorough, diligent work, especially since it is mentioning the funeral service of their deceased daughter. They need to hire a editor for you, Kurt.

    • circuscivics - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Good that you corrected your error Kurt, but you could have had the integrity to put a correction notation at the end of the article. Something like “Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Rockets play the Raptors on Friday,” would have worked. But I’m guessing that professional integrity is not too high on your pecking order.

      • davidly - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:53 AM

        It’s called a blog; look into it.

        Additionally, couching your criticism in the language of concern for the grieving is in poor taste, not to mention sanctimonious and utterly phony.

      • circuscivics - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        @davidly is that you Kurt? Anyway if you read the comment and tone of the comment, the point wasn’t concern for the grieving. It was to point out that if you make an error in your reporting, make a notation of the error and the correction. Take extra diligence when reporting on sensitive topics, such as the funeral services of the recently deceased. Times have changed my friend. The line between journalism and blogging is blurred. If you expect consumers to have confidence in your product, and that is what probasketballtalk.com is, then you should exhibit integrity in that product. If you are fine digesting misinformation on a constant basis, that is your perogative.

  3. norcaldeportes - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    I hope Royce White’s bus driver is getting paid overtime

    • badintent - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:48 AM

      you got that all right. Double OT.
      Magic right on this one Lakers can’t shoot 15 foot jumpers if Kobe out with Vanessatoasis.

      • badintent - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:52 AM

        Sorry , PST Pro jumped my blog on Lakers to this page . No disrespect to the McHale Family. God speed and prayers.

  4. rajbais - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    My best wishes go out to him.

    I hate seeing parents lose their kids. Out of things that do not directly involve me that saddens me most.

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