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Fatherhood Short: A Tale of two Kevins

One Kevin is a white man in his mid 50’s. He was born and raised in Hibbing, MN, a small town about two hours from the Canadian border whose population is 95.6 percent white.

Another Kevin is 36, born the same year the first Kevin was a senior in high school. Kevin #2 is a black man born and raised in the south…specifically Greenville County, SC.

Based upon geography and demographics, there’s no reason one would ever expect these two men each named Kevin to ever meet each other, or to have much in common besides their first name. However, they have one extremely unique thing in common, as they are two of the greatest power forwards to ever play the game of basketball.

If you hadn’t guessed it yet and that last sentence wasn’t a giveaway to you, I’m talking about Kevin McHale and Kevin Garnett. Their connection began in 1995 when McHale, an executive and later coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Garnett. They spent significant years together before moving on to other teams.

Fast forward to last night, when the Boston Celtics played the Houston Rockets. The two Kevins were reunited on the basketball court, McHale as the head coach of the Rockets and Garnett as the emotional leader and veteran big man for the Celtics. A basketball game was played and one team won and one team lost.

Then, this happened. And, oh, by the way…one other meaningful commonality between the two Kevins is that they are both fathers to daughters. McHale’s daughter tragically died of Lupus earlier this month. We can only guess what was said between the two Kevins during their embrace, but it is a touching moment to see for yourself.

Thanks to SBNation for capturing this moment and realizing the significance of it.

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