League Mourns Loss Of Sasha McHale

The Houston Rockets and the NBA family are mourning the loss of Alexandra “Sasha” McHale, daughter of Rockets coach Kevin McHale. Sasha McHale was just 23-years-old when she passed away Saturday afternoon in Minnesota.

From the Houston Chronicle

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.

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander released a statement Sunday morning

“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.”

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, for whom McHale worked for 15 years, issued a statement as well..

“On behalf of the entire Minnesota Timberwolves organization, we are extremely saddened to learn about the passing of Sasha. While Kevin was with our organization, we all watched Sasha grow up, and become an outstanding young woman. She will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kevin, Lynn and the entire McHale family.”

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77 Comments

  1. cds1 says:

    McHale is such a great guy. Doesn’t deserve something like this(nobody does really). Horrible for him. Godspeed

  2. 416 says:

    Stay strong Kevin Mchale.

  3. SmoothMM says:

    R.I.P.

  4. Joe Cropper says:

    My prayers to the McHale family, no father should out live his children. We can say that life is not fair, or ask why us, but God has a grand plan and we must have faith and trust in him to deliver and guide us. We may not see the reasons why, but we must trust that God has taken her to a better place where there is no suffering. Be strong Kevin, life will go on and you will honor her memory each and everyday by your actions.

    Laker Fan

  5. John says:

    They say the great ones die young . She was probably a remarkable young woman. Kevin and family my condolences . The lord has a plan. God bless

  6. jerikobe says:

    awww thanks God for another life u have given to us.. condolences too young same with my age :-(

  7. Bolun Zhang says:

    God bless Mchale’s Family

  8. Chevron says:

    I know the struggles and pain you have gone through raising a child with lupus. I have a sister who struggles with it. Every day talking to my sister, gives me stomach upset. May God be with you in the time of loss. I know nothing can fill the void when you lose your own. No greater pains than seeing your son or daughter die before we die.

  9. johnny chang says:

    My condolences to the Mchale family.

  10. charles says:

    Wow. That is terribly sad. I mean for anyone to lose their young daughter. They raised her and just when she reaches maturity and is able to run her own life with the values her parents instilled in her, she dies. That is incredibly tragic and a nightmare of every parents. May God help their family be strong and survive, and perhaps even thrive, after this terrible tragedy.

  11. David says:

    Life is so fragile.

  12. Lois Evans says:

    No words can express the sorry felt for losing a child. It is so sad.
    God Bless.

  13. Jeremy says:

    Condolence to the McHale family

  14. Joe says:

    From California – God Bless The Entire McHale Family.

  15. Eric K. says:

    Understanding what it means to love your children and to care for them and protect them I am sorry that you and your family family have to endure such a loss. As long as you keep your memories of her close to your heart she will live on forever.

    God bless you and your family.

  16. AI says:

    This is a sad moment for the NBA family.
    In times like these we need to put basketball aside and remember that we are all human beings and realize how important life is, to us and to our families.

  17. BBallDane says:

    Deepest condolences to the McHale family for their loss. Hope you find some comfort through these tough times.

  18. hooplover says:

    deeply sorry for your loss kevin and lynn. you’ll always have the memories of your beautiful daughter

  19. Laker Fan says:

    May god give you the strength to go through this period in your life coach.

  20. Mikael says:

    Condolences to the Mchale family loved here in Minnesota.

  21. cdubbb24 says:

    My deepest condolences to the McHale’s.

  22. RR says:

    Love and Prayers….

  23. Ricky Bobby says:

    Be strong Kevin. There are hard days ahead. You just have to learn to deal with it.

  24. Very sorry for your loss Kevin. My prayers and admiration go out to you and your family. May your daughter rest in peace…

  25. Aihan says:

    My condolences.

  26. LAL LOL says:

    Deepest condolences and prayers to Mchale’s

  27. Paolo says:

    Our condolences to the mchale family..

    From.your fans and friends in the Philippines

  28. John says:

    May God bless you Kevin and your family in your time in need. Please know that she is in His hands now and you will be together once again.

  29. Virgilio nacar says:

    My deepest sympathy to the bereaved family

  30. ethdfh says:

    r.i.p,my dad died last saturday

  31. OLDSCHOOL says:

    WORDS CANNOT FULLY EXPRESS THE PAIN FELT WHEN A PARENT LOSES A CHILD. OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  32. Ryan says:

    Sincere condolences to the McHale family. Thoughts are with the entire family

  33. Jose (clipper Nation) says:

    Its a sad day and I can’t even imagine what the family is going through. My deepest condolences and prayers to Kevin Mchale’s family.

  34. Oke says:

    My Condolences Kevin. May she rest in Eternal Peace.

  35. nujun says:

    so sad it reminds me of my sister, who died also with LUPUS, condolence to Mchale family…

  36. Clifford Martin III says:

    God Bless the McHale family. 23 is way too young, my sincere condolences

  37. princess says:

    My sincere and deepest condolence to Mchale family. May Sasha be blessed by the Lord and eternal happiness for her as he enters a new chapter of her lifer with the Lord.

  38. jamal says:

    deepest condolences to mchale’s family
    no parents should’ve burried their children

  39. Ken says:

    Condolences to the McHale’s.

  40. Mike says:

    Kevin was (and still is) my fav player of all-time. I remember watching Sasha on TV when the Celts retired his jersey and at his speech for the hall of fame. My prayers are with the McHales at this time.

  41. @itsMEDPR says:

    Condolences and Prayers to the McHale’s.

  42. Bilal Meraj says:

    My deepest condolences to Mchale Family for the lost of young SASHA.May god bless her.

  43. Mohamed Guindo says:

    I am very saddened to hear the loss of Sacha…I will keep her and the Mchale family in my prayers. To Kevin, keep in your mind that she is in heaven…God Bless you guys

  44. Alan says:

    So sad to see Sasha die at such a young age. Best wishes to Kevin McHale and his entire family.

  45. Kurt says:

    May eternal peace be with you Dear Sasha and your family.

  46. OMG says:

    RIP Sasha

  47. HS says:

    Condolences go out to the McHale family. May she RIP

  48. Spurs says:

    Hope he gets through this tough time

  49. LuJun says:

    Im so sad atm she is too yonge. My deep condolences to the Mchale family

  50. LakersWillWin says:

    R.I.P. You are good man Mr. McHale, I hope you are able to dig out of this. No matter what disease or illness one may have, you can never expect this.

  51. torontoPro says:

    My condolences to the Mchale family. 22 is too young, life should never be taken for granted.

  52. The Truth says:

    Best Wishes out to the McHale Family.

  53. LeRoi says:

    My condolences to the McHale family. Very sad, 23 is just way too young

  54. NYGuyNTexas says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers will be with you guys. I’m sure she was a wonderful young lady.

  55. Mike Rocks says:

    I worked for Kevin for years as a ballboy for the Timberwolves. He is such a cool dude. Sasha was at some of the games and seemed to be a great gal. Sorry to hear this. Condolences to Mac

  56. Michel says:

    This is heart-breaking and sad. Sacha was a wonderful girl full of life and charisma. She will dearly missed but i am sure she’s in better place next to Jesus and the angels.

  57. Michel says:

    This is heart-breaking and sad. Sacha was a wonderful girl full of life and charisma. She will dearly missed but i am sure she’s in better place bext to Jesus and the angels.

  58. Thank you for the comments.

  59. livio says:

    In questo momento di profondo dolore e tristezza le mie più sincere condoglianze a Kevin e alla sua famiglia per la
    prematura scomparsa della filglia. Vi siamo tutti vicini. Livio

  60. James says:

    My condolences to mchale family

  61. James says:

    My deepest condolences to mchale family

  62. Chris says:

    Way too young. I only hope that god places his hand on the McHale family during this time.

  63. Erock says:

    Rest In Peace, Kevin seems like such a great guy, I’m sure his daughter was a wonderful person as well. So sad she is gone so young.

  64. Mark65 says:

    I never knew that Kevin had a daughter but thats very sad & may god bless her.

  65. DAN says:

    JUST A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY MY SON HAS LUPUS AND I KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE U CANNOT LIVE WITH THIS KIND OF ISSUES BECAUSE THEY ARE YOUR KIDS.

  66. Per says:

    My condolences to the McHale family.

  67. Pgulinp1 says:

    22 years old? RIP … :/

  68. Big Fan says:

    Kevin McHale and Family: So very sorry about your beloved Sasha. God bless Sasha and all her caring family and friends.

  69. BJ coker says:

    sorry for the loss. but Godhas a plan for everyone on earth. and she did her job on the earth that God wanted her to do.

  70. HEATNation says:

    Condolences and prayers go out to the McHale family

  71. Tony Topacio says:

    Condolence to the McHale family

  72. The Nightfox says:

    Damn. That’s so sad.

  73. noyb says:

    Praying for Kevin and his family. May God grant them mercy.

  74. Mohammad Amr says:

    Condolences to the McHale family.

  75. NorthOaks says:

    To Kevin, Lynn, Mike, Joe, and Tom…I’m so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with your entire family as you go through this difficult time. Sasha and her brothers were always in the neighborhood playing ball or whatever they could come up with. She usually took the boys down on games of one on one. RIP Sasha, you’ll be missed!

  76. David says:

    My condolences. This is sad to hear. She was so young.
    Life should never be taken for granted.

  77. newyorksteelo says:

    My condolences go out to the McHale family.