The center did not show up for practice Thursday morning, a day
after playing less than 10 minutes in a 113-94 loss to the
"We did not tell him not to come to practice," said Kevin
O'Connor, Jazz vice president for basketball operations.
Ostertag's agent, Jeff Austin, did not return messages from The
Associated Press on Thursday. Ostertag told The Deseret Morning
News on Thursday that he had told O'Connor he wouldn't be at
O'Connor, who would not elaborate on what got Ostertag
suspended, said he told Ostertag that wasn't acceptable and he was
expected at practice Thursday morning.
O'Connor planned to meet with Ostertag and coach Jerry Sloan to
get the matter resolved soon.
Sloan and Ostertag have had several clashes since the Jazz took
Ostertag out of Kansas in the first round of the 1995 draft.
Ostertag has played in 41 games this season, his first back in
Utah after spending a year in Sacramento. He played his first nine
seasons with the Jazz.
Utah plays at Dallas, where Ostertag is from, on Saturday and
hosts San Antonio on Monday. The Jazz already have a shortage of
players because of injuries and had just 10 players available
against the Sonics.