NBA: Hawks coach Budenholzer sits out Celtics game, Turkoglu retires after 15 seasons

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer missed Friday night's road game against the Boston Celtics due to a family emergency.

The National Basketball Association team announced that he left the team early Friday to return to Atlanta after making the trip to Boston. The Hawks revealed no details about the situation and asked fans and media to "respect the private nature of the situation".

Budenholzer was the NBA Coach of the Year last season when Atlanta won a franchise-record 60 games. Lead assistant Kerry Atkinson will coach the Hawks against Boston.

Forward Hedo Turkoglu, who played 15 seasons in the NBA and eight with the Orlando Magic, has announced his retirement.

He will be honoured and recognised by the Magic during a special ceremony on Friday, Dec 18, when Orlando host Portland.

"I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunity to live out my dream and play in the NBA," he said on Friday in a statement. "I will always remember my team-mates, coaches, staff members and all of the fans who made my career so wonderful for myself and my family."

The Turk appeared in 997 regular-season games (571 starts) during his NBA career with Sacramento, San Antonio, Orlando, Toronto, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 11.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 26.8 minutes per game.