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Forum News Service, Published December 12 2013

Kevin McHale's mother dies in Hibbing at age 86

HIBBING, Minn. - Kevin McHale’s mother, Josephine, died Tuesday night in Hibbing and there is no word when the Houston Rockets head coach will return to the NBA team.

McHale missed a second straight day of practice Wednesday. The Rockets began a West Coast road trip Thursday at Portland, and continue at Golden State on Friday and Sacramento on Sunday.

Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has taken over coaching duties in McHale’s absence.

Josephine McHale was 86 and is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services are Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hibbing.

McHale’s daughter, Sasha, a University of Minnesota Duluth student, died a little over a year ago of complications from lupus.