|Sunday, December 8
Ostertag irate at ref in game against Lakers
Six minutes later, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan also was tossed.
Ostertag and Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal got tied up and hooked arms under Utah's basket two minutes in. Believing O'Neal should have been called for a foul, Ostertag shouted at referee Derrick Stafford as teammate Matt Harpring tried to restrain him.
Ostertag fought off Harpring's hold and kept shouting as Stafford called him for a technical. Ostertag charged at Stafford, who called him for a second technical. Sloan came out on the floor as Ostertag flailed his arms trying to get away from the grip of his teammates.
Stafford then ejected Ostertag, who kicked a pile of white towels near the Jazz bench as he stormed off the court. He also yanked a black Lakers banner that covered the tunnel to the locker room, but failed to pull it down.
Sloan was ejected at 4:12 after directing a running commentary toward Stafford.
O'Neal and Ostertag have a history. In November 1997, O'Neal slapped Ostertag during a morning shootaround, was fined $10,000 and suspended for one game.