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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