SALT LAKE CITY — Tyrone Corbin didn't need a note from Derrick Favors' doctor to grant him an excused absence from Thursday night's game against Denver.
The Utah Jazz coach only needed his eyes to tell Favors was truly under the weather.
"He was going to try and go through shootaround, but you could look at him (and tell) he didn't look good at all," Corbin said. "Been there, done that before. Some guys can get through it, but this one I think he needed to shut it down for a little bit."
That happened to the 19-year-old rookie twice Thursday.
First, Favors was sent home early from the morning prep session because of his cold symptoms.
Then, despite taking medicine given to him by the Jazz medical staff, the congested rookie returned but left the arena to go home about an hour-and-a-half prior to the late tipoff.
"He was sick," Corbin said. "If a guy is sick, he's sick. You can't penalize him for that. He tried."
Corbin said there was also concern about other players getting sick from Favors' virus, so it was simply best to send him home for the night.
"If he could go," the coach added, "he would be with us right now."
PRICE OUT: The Jazz were also without backup guard Ronnie Price, whose sprained right big toe continues to bother him.
After missing out on shootaround Thursday, Price underwent an MRI on the toe, which sidelined him for five games last month.
The team physician, Dr. Lyle Mason, confirmed that Price has a sprained toe after reviewing the test.
Price, who injured his toe against Chicago three weeks ago, is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against Sacramento. However, the Utah Valley product will travel with the team on its four-game road trip next week.
BITTERSWEET: Wednesday was definitely a day of mixed emotions in the Corbin household.
Corbin signed a multi-year deal to be the Jazz's head coach, making official the gentleman's agreement he had with management after replacing Jerry Sloan on Feb. 10.
That was the good part of the day.
But the Corbins were also bummed out about West High's defeat in the 5A quarterfinals. His son, Tyrell, had a chance to send the game against Fremont to overtime but missed a last-second shot.
Corbin on the contract: "It's a blessing to get it done and to get in the past, but the work is still in front of me. I'm not just satisfied with getting a contract done. I want to be successful and I want this franchise to be successful."
And Corbin, after admitting it's tough to watch his son lose, on Tyrell's last high school game: "He didn't say probably three words on the way home, and when he got home he didn't want to talk about anything. He'll struggle with it for a little while, but that's good. He'll grow from it."
STILL A STRANGER: He's been in Salt Lake City since Sunday, but Devin Harris won't be taking anybody on tours anytime soon. The new Jazz point guard has mostly just made trips back and forth from his temporary home and the training facility and arena.
"I've been to a couple of places, but I haven't really had a chance to really get out and explore," he said. "It's more about practicing and getting up shots and being ready to play."2 comments on this story
For the record, Harris hasn't had anybody chase him down to meet him since a man did that at the mall on Sunday.
"The hotel guys," he joked, "have been really good about that."