Kevin McHale Takes Leave Of Absence

November 10 2012 at 4:20pm CST By Chuck Myron

4:20pm: McHale is taking time to be with his daughter, who is ill, reports Ken Berger of CBSSports.com (Twitter link).

2:50pm: Rockets coach Kevin McHale will take a leave of absence from the team to tend to a personal matter regarding his family, tweets Mark Berman of Fox 26. Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson will be in charge of the team while he's away, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).

It's unclear just how long McHale will take to return. Sampson will coach the team tonight against the Pistons. 

"Kevin is a devoted family man who is needed back home in Minnesota at the moment," Rockets GM Daryl Morey said in a press release sent out by the team. "The Rockets organization will keep Kevin and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

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