Outburst Costs Horry Two Games

Posted: January 07, 1997

Phoenix Suns president Jerry Colangelo wished he could have thrown the book at forward Robert Horry for throwing a towel in coach Danny Ainge's face.

Horry was suspended for two games without pay yesterday by the Suns, who because of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement were only able to impose a two-game penalty.

In the fourth quarter of Sunday's game in Boston, Horry screamed obscenities at Ainge and threw a towel in his coach's face before being restrained by teammates.

The penalty is worth about $40,000 in salary and a few thousand dollars in fines. Colangelo wanted a harsher punishment.

``I'm of the old school, so I would have taken much sterner action if we weren't limited by the bargaining agreement,'' Colangelo said, comparing Horry to an unruly child and calling him ``a shadow of his former self'' as a player.

``My belief is that it was really frustration with his own play because his play has been sporadic at best and is very disappointing, from my point of view,'' Colangelo said.

Colangelo disputed rumors Horry's agent had contacted the Suns about trading his client and that the fight with Ainge was Horry's attempt to leave Phoenix.

Attempts to reach Horry through the team were not immediately successful.

Horry will miss tonight's game in Atlanta and tomorrow night's game at Washington. He will rejoin his team Friday for a home game against Charlotte.

Horry, who was traded to the Suns after winning two NBA titles with the Houston Rockets, apologized to Ainge and the team.

In another matter, the team is trying to reach a deal with former Southern Cal star Cheryl Miller to coach the Women's NBA franchise in Phoenix, which will be affiliated with the Suns.

Also, 10 years after buying a 26 percent share of the Suns for $6 million, the Viad Corp. announced it had sold its interest back to the team for $31.5 million.

NUGGETS: MCDYESS SIDELINED Denver Nuggets forward Antonio McDyess will be sidelined at least two weeks because of a nagging sprain to his right ankle.

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