Rockets Pay Tribute To Sasha McHale

The Rockets honored the memory of Sasha McHale at Tuesday night’s game against Toronto, first with a moment of silence prior to the introduction of the starting lineups and then by wearing a green band on the left shoulder of their jerseys.

Green was the favorite color of the 23-year-old daughter of Rockets coach Kevin McHale, who died on Saturday following a long battle with lupus, an auto-immune disease.

McHale has been on a leave of absence to be with his daughter and his family in Minneapolis since Nov. 10 and this was the first game the Rockets have played since her passing.

Roughly 40 members of the Rockets’ team, coaches and staff were scheduled to fly to Minneapolis to attend the funeral. The team will then travel on later in the day, scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma City at 3:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game against the Thunder.

“We’re trying to support him and be there for him as much as possible,” said guard James Harden. “It means a lot, knowing our schedule, knowing we have a game the same day. Obviously, it doesn’t take away the pain from what he lost. We’re just trying to be there to offer support as much as we can.”

The Raptors took the court knowing that they would be facing an opponent full of emotion.

“I’m just as close to Kevin as anybody with the two years in Minnesota,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. “I got to know his family, his wife and Sasha and the rest. Still we have to go out and compete and play with our emotion, play with our edge. You have a sympathetic understanding of what this organization is going through, but at the same time we’ve got work to do in an unfortunate situation for them.

“All you can do is think of the entire McHale family.”


  1. Morgan says:

    So sad. Sorry for the loss.

  2. tory says:

    Take as much time off as possible kevin… take care of your family

  3. supafly88 says:

    Life is so Fragile ! Love and Be Happy with everyone around you especially your family and friends ! My condolences go to Sasha family !

  4. Rick says:

    Soy salvadoreño y seguidor de la NBA desde hace 30 años. Los Celtics y Mchale son parte de mi vida y mis sueños.
    Ruego a Dios fortaleza para Kevin y su familia ante la partida de su hija. Mis condolencias.

  5. anthony says:

    Sasha McHale was watching over the Rockets against the Raptors. Rest in peace.

  6. so sad – what a beautiful young lady. May she rests near Jesus Christ….

  7. Baldwin says:

    There are times we realize what’s important in life, at the cust we come together.
    These are the things that are important in life,

    May God be with Kevin and his family during this time of bereavemaet.