SportsRantz sends our condolences to the family of Kevin McHale. Over the weekend, his second youngest child, Alexandra, who had been hospitalized for two weeks due to a condition related to lupus, a disease she had fought throughout most of her young life, passed away at the very young age of 22.
An NBA Hall of Fame inductee in 1999 for his dozen seasons as a forward for the Boston Celtics, McHale is currently the head coach of the Houston Rockets. Previously, he had held the same position for the Minnesota Timberwolves; he is a native of the state and during his college years, played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers. McHale’s wife, Lynn, and family currently call the state their home.
And it was at a Minneapolis hospital where Alexandra, nicknamed “Sasha” by her family, was admitted earlier this month. Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been interim coach since McHale took a leave of absence on November 10 to be with his ill daughter and the rest of the family.
The owner of the Rockets, Leslie Alexander, released this statement: “I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon. 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.”
Details for funeral or memorial services for “Sasha” are not known at this time.
In between NBA coaching gigs, McHale appeared as a game and studio analyst for TNT’s NBA coverage. He also served in similar capacities on the league-owned NBA TV network during the same timeframe.