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Mavericks players line up to individually greet Kevin McHale as he returns to coach Rockets (VIDEO)

Dec 9, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Kevin McHale returned to coach the Rockets on Saturday, after being away from the team for an extended leave of absence due to the passing of his daughter a couple of weeks back.

Before tip-off, the Mavericks players lined up to individually greet, hug, and shake hands with McHale as a show of empathy for all that he’s been through.

Great, great moment.

  1. dannomac21 - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Awesome thing to watch. Great sportsmanship by the Mavs. All around tear jerking moment.

  2. nbascreed - Dec 9, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Big time class. You can never show too much love in genuine moments of need.

  3. larrybrown43 - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Very, very moving. Brought a tear to my eye actually.

  4. misterdreamer119 - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Great player, good coach, great guy and he looks like frankenstein.

  5. jagsfan11 - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Great sportsmanship

  6. raidmagic - Dec 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    That was touching even in replay

  7. thetooloftools - Dec 10, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    That is just pure class. It doesn’t get much better then that.

  8. stoudemelo - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    Often times we complain out this era being “too soft” and we wish we had the bad blood rivalries like the 90’s but moments like this remind me why I love the NBA the way it is today.

    Classy move for an amazing player/coach

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