Rockets coach McHale takes leave of absence

Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:28pm EST

Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale talks to his players during their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Houston February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Richard Carson

Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale talks to his players during their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Houston February 28, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Richard Carson

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(Reuters) - 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)

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