Daughter of former Timberwolves coach, Hibbing native Kevin McHale dies at 23
Alexandra "Sasha" McHale, the daughter of former Timberwolves coach and vice president Kevin McHale, died Saturday afternoon. She was 23.
The Houston Chronicle reported Sasha McHale had "long battled lupus, an auto-immune disease, and was hospitalized with a related condition."
Kevin McHale, a native of Hibbing, recently took a leave of absence from his role as head coach for the Houston Rockets to deal with "personal family matters."
"I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha, on Saturday afternoon," Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said in a statement. "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 also released a statement on behalf of the Timberwolves expressing condolences.
"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," Taylor said in the statement.
Sasha played high school basketball at Totino-Grace. She was an honorable mention selection for the all-state team in 2008.
"I just feel for those guys," said Mike Smith, Totino-Grace activities director. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them. This is something you never want to happen to anybody."
"She passes a lot more than I did," McHale said of his daughter during the 2008 Class AAA state tournament at Williams Arena. "She's always been more of a team player. She doesn't look to score as much. Her thing is defense and finding open teammates."
Sasha wore No. 32, the same number her father wore during his hall of fame career with the Boston Celtics.