Jazz Notes: Sloan hands down informal suspension to rookie Snyder
Kirk Snyder probably got Jerry Sloan's message the moment he was yanked from Monday's game: Don't taunt your opponent. But just to make sure, Sloan will reinforce it tonight.
Snyder will suit up against the Nuggets (7 p.m., FSN) but will not play, the coach said Tuesday in enforcing an informal "suspension" of the rookie forward. "I watched it on film last night, and I thought it was ridiculous what he did," Sloan said. "To me, it could really have been a serious situation. We're lucky it didn't escalate into something bad."
Snyder punctuated a layup and a foul during the Jazz's 99-84 loss to Houston by running over to the Rockets' bench and striking a pose in front of their coaches. Snyder, who was immediately pulled from the game, said afterward he shouldn't have done it, but that he was looking at someone in the second row and didn't realize he was in "bad territory."
Sloan didn't buy it. "It wasn't a casual thing. He went right over to their bench. He wasn't looking up into the stands, he was looking at [the Rockets]," the coach said.
Sloan no longer suspends players for violating his rules, but the effect is the same. Like similar benchings of Greg Ostertag or John Amaechi, the coach will simply keep Snyder out of the game, though he will still get paid.
The coach said he likes his rookie's enthusiasm, but wants it expressed more professionally. "Kirk talks a lot," Sloan said. "He should just save his talking for when the game's over. Just go play - that says more about you than that stuff."
Handlogten signs on
Ben Handlogten paused before Tuesday's practice to sign a contract that will keep him with the Jazz for the final 12 games.
Sloan said he likes what he has seen from the 31-year-old center, who is trying to bounce back from reconstructive surgery in his right knee.
"He's still having a little problem in his legs. He isn't quite as lively as he was [last season], but he's still pretty active going after the ball," Sloan said. "He tries to rebound the basketball. He doesn't wait for the ball to come to him, he goes out and tries to get the ball."
The Jazz will unveil an 8-foot bronze statue of John Stockton in a brief ceremony on the southeast plaza of the Delta Center at 4:30 p.m. today. Stockton, owner Larry Miller and sculptor Brian Challis will attend. . . . A bruised shin continues to bother guard Raja Bell, so the team performed an MRI to make sure there is no serious damage, trainer Gary Briggs said. Bell did not practice Tuesday, but is likely to play tonight.
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