(@KSDKSports and USA Today.com -- Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale's daughter Alexandra "Sasha" McHale died Saturday afternoon. She had been hospitalized since Nov. 10 with lupus. She was 23.
Rockets owner Leslie Alexander released a statement from the team: "I extend my deepest condolences to Kevin and Lynn for the loss of their beautiful daughter, Sasha,on Saturday afternoon. 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."
Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been coaching the team during McHale's leave of absence.
Rockets guard 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."