From the Houston Chronicle's Ultimate Rockets blog, posted Tuesday night:
Rockets players and coaches did not know if they could help but were certain they had to try. They knew they had to be there for Kevin McHale and his family.
About 40 members of the team, coaches and staff flew to Minneapolis immediately after Tuesday’s game to attend the funeral of McHale’s daughter, Sasha, who died on Saturday at 23 of complications of the disease Lupus.
“It’s real important,” Patrick Patterson said. “We have to support coach McHale. He’s a priority. He’s part of this family. His family is part of our family. We have to show him that we care, that we love him, each and every one of them.
“I believe and I hope it helps from the standpoint of support. There’s not too much words can really do, but knowing people are there supporting, knowing you have a family, a team, an organization behind you and understands what you’re going through, that’s what we want to show coach McHale and the McHale family. We love them and we’re here for them.”
There was a moment of silence “to honor Sasha’s life” before the pregame introductions for Tuesday’s game, with a photo of Sasha McHale filling the video boards at the center of the arena. Rockets players wore a green band on a purple background on their uniform shoulders. The organization chose green because it was Sasha McHale’s favorite color and purple to signify the Lupus Foundation.
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