|Kevin McHale has taken a leave of absence after his daughter Sasha passed away Saturday. (nydailynews.com)|
The NBA season tipped off on Nov. 1. Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale officially took leave from his position on Nov. 10. His daughter, Alexandra "Sasha" McHale, passed away exactly two weeks later. She was 23 years old.
Between releases from owners of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets -- Kevin McHale has coached and filled other positions for both franchises -- no official cause of death has been announced by any source. The Houston Chronicle's Rockets beat writer, Jonathan Feigen, reports that Sasha McHale was originally hospitalized with complications stemming from a long-running battle with lupus, an autoimmune disorder.
Current Rockets James Harden and Chandler Parsons both tweeted their regards ("Praying for coach McHale and his family." and "R.I.P. Sasha," respectively) for their coach's loss.
No timetable is set for McHale's return to the bench, and none likely will be until he feels it is the right decision for himself and his family.
I can't pretend to know the feeling of losing a child and will not do it here. This is not a forum for feigning or for preaching. But do take a moment to think about the family of Sasha McHale, a young woman who, by all accounts, was exuberant.
The BDD staff sends condolences to the McHale family in this time of grief.