Alexandra "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

Alexandra "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

Postby Kobe8Fan on Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:17 pm


Alexandra “Sasha” McHale, the daughter of Rockets coach Kevin McHale, passed on Saturday. She was 22.

McHale has been on a leave of absence to be with his daughter and his family in Minneapolis since Nov. 10. His daughter has long battled lupus, an auto-immune disease, and was hospitalized with a related condition.

“I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon,” Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement on Sunday. ” Kevin and Lynn are loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time. Our entire organization is mourning the McHale family’s loss and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson has been acting head coach during McHale leave of absence. McHale has been in communication with Sampson several times each day about the team up until Friday ... le-passes/

My deepest condolences to the Kevin McHale and to his family. Very sad to hear. This is too soon. Way to soon.
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Re: Alexander "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

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Re: Alexander "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

Postby LooN3y on Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:41 pm

no wonder he was gone, i thought i might of been some Front Office drama, but man that sucks, and shes basically my age (im 23)

i cant think of dying so early as of now, i mean as you get older you really see the value of life. and i mean i want to have a family, soulmate, eventually grandkids.

but is it wrong to ask if she was hot? i mean c-webb is always on that semi-homo tip, with "Mchale, you were the prettiest guy on the floor"
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Postby 432J on Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:43 pm

my condolences

even though he is forever linked to the hated celtics, this is still a terrible tragedy and a parent''s worst nightmare
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Re: Alexander "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

Postby Vasashi17 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:24 pm

Not even a dreaded Celtic deserves this....tremendously heartbreaking when parents have to bury their children. :cry:
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Re: Alexander "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

Postby Rooscooter on Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:26 pm

Wow..... those of you without children can't imagine what it would be like to lose a child...

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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:12 pm

Man I saw this and was like, "damn". That sucks for his family. I feel for all of them.
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Postby Lakerjones on Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:14 pm

That is truly sad. It's a parent's worst fear. Very sorry to hear this.
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Postby Frank Dux on Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:17 pm

Sad news indeed. Best wishes to the McHale family.
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Postby Battle Tested20 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:27 am

Frank Dux wrote:Sad news indeed. Best wishes to the McHale family.

RIP Sasha
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Re: Alexandra "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

Postby Magic Skywalker on Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:23 am

This must be really hard for McHale. I have a friend who passed away last year (21 years old), and man, watching his father cry has been one of the hardest things I've had to watch in my life.

I did imagine that something was bad with a member of his family when McHale first took some time off, but man, didn't imagine it was his daughter.
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Postby KB24 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:06 am

Nightmare...I'm shocked right now.

My prayers are out for the family. 22 is nothing, wow

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Postby jimbo327 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:21 am

It breaks my heart. I hope the best for McHale and his family. RIP Sasha.
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Postby gcclaker on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:42 am

Condolences to the McHale family.
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Postby davriver290 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:05 am

Sign, RIP Sasha. And condolences to the entire Mchale family...

I've seen lots of death in my family, and nothing is more gut wrenching then seeing a father and mother cry over their passed child...
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Postby DarthRekal on Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:30 am

The line between rivals is non existent when humanity takes over...

This breaks my heart .. NO PARENT should EVER bury their child..

Rest Well Sasha... Condolences to the McHale Family :man5:
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Postby revgen on Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:35 am

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Postby DuddlyDoRight on Wed Nov 28, 2012 2:19 pm

DarthRekal wrote:The line between rivals is non existent when humanity takes over...

This breaks my heart .. NO PARENT should EVER bury their child..

Rest Well Sasha... Condolences to the McHale Family :man5:

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Postby noobiew on Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:41 pm

RIP, my condolences
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Re: Alexandra "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

Postby Basketball Fan on Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:19 am ... ing-mchale

Kevin McHale to make emotional return to Minnesota after daughter's death

Houston Rockets attend Sasha McHale's funeral, end emotional day with loss in Oklahoma City
Sasha McHale, 23, daughter of ex-Timberwolves coach, dies
The instincts from the game that shaped Kevin McHale's life are evident again.

It has been a gradual and painful process for the Houston Rockets coach, but his players and assistants are seeing the revival.

McHale has admonished his players for setting poor screens, displaying a casual demeanor on the court and during timeouts and for any other fundamental flaw that he felt required their attention.

"The little things that upset him, a week or 10 days ago, he would not have addressed those things," Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson said. "Every day, you can tell he's getting better. In staff meetings, he wasn't as talkative or demonstrative. Kevin's a storyteller. He wasn't doing any of that."

McHale's love for basketball has been one of his strongest allies to help him cope with the death of his 23-year-old daughter, Sasha, who died Nov. 24 of complications from lupus. The former Timberwolves executive, coach and TV analyst needed almost a month before he felt he was ready to coach again.

McHale's inner strength likely will be challenged again when the Minnesota native returns to his home state Wednesday night, Dec. 26, to face the Wolves at Target Center.

The game will mark McHale's first visit to Target Center since Sasha died. As a young girl, she was regularly seen in the arena while her father worked Wolves telecasts or was running the club's basketball operations department.

Those memories will be hard for McHale to ignore. He and

his wife, Lynn, endured a difficult first Christmas without Sasha on Tuesday while the family was in Chicago for Houston's game against the Bulls.
Lynn and the couple's remaining four children will be at Wednesday's game to offer more support to McHale.

"Those who know Kevin know he has a heart of gold and is incredibly close to his family," said TNT and CBS broadcaster Kevin Harlan, who worked Wolves telecasts with McHale from 1993-95. "I've always thought of him as very distinct with his personal and professional life. As a parent, my heart breaks for him and his family."

Heading into Tuesday's game at Chicago, Houston was 5-3 since McHale rejoined the team for a Dec. 8 game against Dallas. The Rockets were riding a three-game winning streak, an indication that McHale and his players have regained their focus since Sasha's death. But McHale's return wasn't easy on him or his team.

"We lost that game to Dallas," said Rockets assistant J.B. Bickerstaff, a former Wolves assistant. "That was a tough night. He had been away, and things had changed. We had made adjustments and improvements. He had to feel his way back into it, but he was glad to be back working and happy to be around the guys. It was good for him to have an

Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale protests a foul call against his team by referee Dan Crawford, right, during the third quarter against the Wolves at Target Center in Minneapolis on Monday January 23, 2012. (Pioneer Press: Richard Marshall)
As much as McHale has worshipped basketball most of his life, the sport fell off his radar when he took a leave of absence Nov. 10 to join Lynn at Sasha's side. Sasha's condition had worsened, and she was placed in intensive care.

"Before he took the leave, he had talked about how she was doing," said Sampson, who took over the head coaching duties in McHale's absence. "She was doing better. Then she took a turn for the worse in the fall. He called me one day and said he had to fly back home. He was crying. It was pretty emotional. He couldn't say much more than that."

The Wolves honored Sasha with a moment of silence before their Nov. 30 home game against Milwaukee. Several members of the organization attended the Nov. 28 funeral at St. Odilia Catholic Church in Shoreview. The McHales live in North Oaks.

There are no plans for a formal tribute to McHale and Sasha before Wednesday's game, but McHale is certain to receive a warm reception from fans and members of the Wolves organization.

"Everywhere we go, somebody comes up to him to give him a big hug," Bickerstaff said. "Over the last 33 years or so, his touch has been felt all over the NBA. It's hard to find people who don't like Kevin McHale, who weren't touched by him in some way."

After the Rockets defeated Boston in Houston on Dec. 14, McHale and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett embraced in an emotional hug that moved McHale and nearby observers to tears. The moment was captured on television and went viral on YouTube and other websites.

Garnett was McHale's first draft pick, and the two developed a close relationship over K.G.'s 12 years with the Wolves.

"Their relationship was pretty tight," Bickerstaff said.

Bickerstaff said the staff had no doubt that McHale would return. Sampson and McHale talked at least twice a day about the team while McHale was gone. Sampson said he avoided mentioning Sasha sometimes in their talks, but McHale occasionally would bring her name up.

"You could tell it was a battle for him ... thinking about the team and Sasha," Sampson said. "When he came back, he told us he was really going to lean on us to help him get through it. In the last week, you can tell he's getting back to himself."
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Re: Alexandra "Sasha" McHale Passes Away

Postby therealdeal on Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:57 am

Someone very close to me and my family has Lupus. It's an awful disease and as of yet there's no cure, there's no knowledge of where it comes from, there's no knowledge of what starts it, what triggers it, what makes it tick.

I've done the Lupus walk in LA every year since I found out about it a few years back. As awful as this is, I hope McHale can help spread word of this disease.
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