|Kevin McHale is taking a leave of absence. (Getty Images)|
The Rockets announced today that coach Kevin McHale would take an indefinite leave of absence to deal with a personal issue involving his family. From the Rockets' press release:
Houston Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale will be taking an immediate leave of absence from the team to attend to a personal family matter. Assistant Coach Kelvin Sampson will handle head coaching duties during McHale's time away. No return date has been set for McHale at this time.
“Kevin is a devoted family man who is needed back home in Minnesota at the moment,” said Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. “The Rockets organization will keep Kevin and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
We're obviously not going to speculate and just hope for the best for McHale and his family. The Rockets after a hot start have lost three in a row to playoff teams and #Beardsanity has vanished as premier defenders start to focus on James Harden.
Sampson has been around NBA circles since being forced to resign from Indiana for NCAA violations. Sampson is extremely well-regarded in the NBA, having spent time with San Antonio and Milwaukee.