HOUSTON Alexandra "Sasha" McHale, the daughter of Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale, died Saturday. She was 23.
The team disclosed no other details Sunday.
Kevin McHale has been on leave since Nov. 10 to deal with what the team called a personal family matter. Kelvin Sampson has been the interim coach during McHale's absence.
Team owner Leslie Alexander issued a statement and extended his "deepest condolences" over the loss of the McHales' "beautiful daughter." He called Kevin and wife Lynn "loving and dedicated parents who will need our continued support throughout this very difficult time." Alexander said the "entire organization is mourning."
Rockets players also expressed their support for McHale.
James Harden tweeted: "Praying for coach McHale and his family." Chandler Parsons added on Twitter: "R.I.P. Sasha."
McHale spent several years with the Minnesota Timberwolves as a coach and executive before joining the Rockets following two seasons as a television analyst.
"While Kevin was with our organization, we all watched Sasha grow up and become an outstanding young woman," Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. "She will be sorely missed by her family and friends."
New York, New York The Knicks will take the short trip to Brooklyn today to face the Nets. It was supposed to be a season opener and the first matchup since the Nets moved from New Jersey before it was postponed because of Superstorm Sandy.
"If we don't get up for this game, then I don't know what games we'll get up for," Knicks star and Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony said. "It's an inner-city game, New York vs. Brooklyn. To me, going back home, going back to my borough, playing my first game back there is a very special moment."