Rockets coach Kevin McHale, missed a second consecutive day of practice Wednesday after his mother passed away on Tuesday night, according to a team official.
The funeral services will be held on Friday and there is no official word when McHale will return.
The Rockets left Wednesday afternoon on their West Coast trip to Portland on Thursday, Golden State on Friday and Sacramento on Sunday.
Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has taken over coaching duties. Sampson said he had a long talk with McHale on Wednesday morning.
Of McHale’s return, Sampson said, “That’s his call.”
Guard James Harden said he was praying for his coach and that the team misses him.
“It’s tough,” Harden said. “He is our leader. He is our mentor. It’s a sad story for his family. We are praying for him and hoping he can come back soon, whenever he is ready.”
our prayers for Coach McHale and Family