HOUSTON (AP) Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale took a leave of absence on Saturday to deal with a family matter.
The team announced the move and said assistant coach Kelvin Sampson will be in charge while McHale is out.
Sampson said McHale called him Saturday afternoon and asked him to coach the team.
"Hopefully whatever the family matter is, it gets taken care of," Sampson said. "That's the most important thing."
There is no timetable for the return of the second-year coach and Hall of Fame player.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey didn't provide any further details on the specifics of the situation, but expressed his concern for McHale.
"Kevin is a devoted family man who is needed back home in Minnesota at the moment," Morey said. "The Rockets organization will keep Kevin and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Sampson said he addressed the players in a film session Saturday afternoon and that he hopes they can use this setback as a posit...