Dec 4, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale smiles before a game against the Phoenix Suns at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin McHale rejoins Houston Rockets


Houston Rockets’ head coach Kevin McHale was back with the Houston Rockets Tuesday after missing three games because of the death of his mother, Josephine. The 86-year old Josephine’s funeral was held in Minnesota Friday.

Kelvin Sampson coached the team while McHale was gone and the team lost two of their three games.

While McHale was away, he wasn’t happy with the team’s performance.

“You get a different perspective watching it from afar,” McHale told reporters. “We had a really good effort against Golden State. We can talk a lot about technical stuff, but I didn’t think our effort against Sacramento was nearly as good as it needed to be to win games, especially on the road.”

The Rockets are now 16-9.

“We’ve had that off and on all year,” McHale explained. “We have to have a minimum effort level that we give every night. We’ve got to get more of a baseline where we’re more solid every single night. We’ve got to get more consistent.”

The Rockets will be back in action Wednesday when they take on the Chicago Bulls.

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