Coach Vandeweghe's mother gravely ill

Updated: March 22, 2010, 10:30 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Interim coach Kiki Vandeweghe missed the New Jersey Nets' game against the Miami Heat on Monday night because of an illness in the family.

The Nets, who are riding a seven-game losing streak, said Vandeweghe's mother is gravely ill. Assistant coach John Loyer coached the team against Miami, a game the Nets lost 99-89.

"It will be a little different but he has to attend to some family matters," forward Jarvis Hayes said. "I wish him all the best."

The last time Loyer coached a game was at the University of Cincinnati in the early 1990s when then-coach Bob Huggins was suspended for a game for arguing with the officials.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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