Rockets coach McHale takes leave of absence


Posted at Nov 11 2012 08:48 AM | Updated as of Nov 11 2012 04:48 PM

Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale is taking an immediate leave of absence to attend to a personal family matter, the National Basketball Association team said on Saturday.

McHale was needed back home in Minnesota, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said in a statement.

He did not elaborate and no return date has been set.

Assistant Kelvin Sampson would handle coaching duties while McHale was away, the statement added.

The Rockets (2-3) entered Saturday's game against Detroit in last place in the Southwest Division having lost three in a row. (Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina; Editing by Ian Ransom)