Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale lost his daughter, 23-year-old Sasha, to a long-term battle with lupus in November.
On Friday, with longtime friend Kevin Garnett in town and the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., on everyone’s minds, things figured to get a little emotional.
McHale drafted Garnett in 1995 when he was acting as general manager of the Timberwolves. McHale ended up coaching Garnett in Minnesota for two seasons before trading him to Boston, and the two have remained close since.
After the Rockets disposed of the Celtics 101-89 on Friday, Celtics coach Doc Rivers gave McHale a hug. Garnett was right behind. The two shared an extended embrace, with both very emotional.
See a video of the touching moment between the two friends below.
Thumbnail via Twitter/Chris Forsberg
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Quote of the Night
“We are pretty much the worst team in the NBA. … We have won four games. It’s a tragic thing. Whatever way you look at it, it is a desperate situation.”
— Andrea Bargnani on the Toronto Raptors to an Italian magazine
Tweet of the Night
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My heart goes out to these parents and families. Both my parents are teachers so this really hits home.
— Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) December 14, 2012
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