LOS ANGELES — Veteran swingman Gordan Giricek was back in a Jazz uniform for Friday night's late-starting game against the Los Angeles Lakers, but — at least for the foreseeable future — C.J. Miles will continue as the Jazz's backup shooting guard behind Ronnie Brewer.

Despite whatever shortcomings the 20-year-old may have.

"His (Miles') biggest problem is he gets in the game and searches out stuff that's not there to begin with," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said early Friday. "We try to tell him, 'Let the game come to you a little bit ... and maybe you can play a little bit more relaxed."'

Even with Giricek back, Sloan suggested he'll stick with Miles in the regular rotation for as long as the third-year pro continues to do what is asked of him.

"If he makes shots and makes plays and works hard, runs the floor defensively and busts his butt, that's all we ask," Sloan said. "We're not asking him to jump through the gym, or jump over the top of the basket, or anything like that ... Just run the floor.

"That's what we asked of everybody. Some guys don't understand that. They have a tendency to think we're mistreating 'em if we ask them to run hard. That's not our point at all. The idea is we've got to do that to try to win."

Giricek was banished from the team for three games prior to Friday because he lost a war of words with Sloan during a Dec. 19 loss at Charlotte.

He was reinstated Thursday.

HARPRING TESTS WAIT: Jazz small forward Matt Harpring will wait until sometime early next month before undergoing a colonoscopy and biopsy as doctors continue to keep tabs on his problematic gastrointestinal issues.

Harpring said Friday he'll try to find a time when medical schedules can be coordinated with a two-day break in the Jazz schedule, possibly sometime Jan 4-9.

Such a window for the Jazz occurs Jan. 6-7, and an earlier one exists next Thursday and Friday — both bookends to next Saturday's road game at Portland.

One day is needed to prep for the colonoscopy, and another is needed for the actual procedure.

Harpring became violently ill and passed out on a Dec. 14 flight from Portland to Salt Lake City — the sixth similar episode he's had in 15 months.

The veteran subsequently underwent multiple tests, the last of which prompted the call for both the colonoscopy and a precautionary biopsy.

Harpring missed three games but has played in four games since, including Friday's.

DOWN ON THE FARM: Both of the Jazz's rookies are assigned to the NBA Development League's Utah Flash, and if everyone else with the parent club remains healthy the stay may be lengthy for shooting guard Morris Almond and center Kyrylo Fesenko.

"We hope they can get better by having (the minor league) at their disposal," Sloan said Friday, one day after Fesenko was returned to Orem following his second stint with the Jazz.

Sloan said Jazz brass may leave Fesenko "down there a while longer," in part because NBA rules dictate that he cannot return to the D-League after the NBA team recalls him for a third time in the same season.

That means that, at least for now, Fesenko's lasting NBA memory may be getting dunked on by boyhood idol Shaquille O'Neal during last Saturday's loss in Miami.

HAIR TODAY: According to the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, former Jazz shooting guard Sasha Pavlovic "showed up at the Cavs shootaround Thursday morning with odd chunks of hair shaved out of both sides of his head ... He said it was a traditional haircut for Serbian soldiers. But by the time he arrived at the arena for (a TNT-televised game with Dallas), he'd shaved his head."

Said Pavlovic: "I didn't want (Charles) Barkley to make fun of me."

MUONEKE TO SPAIN: Tau Ceramica of the Spanish ACB league earlier this week signed ex-Jazz Rocky Mountain Revue summer-leaguer Gabe Muoneke to a three-month deal, according to multiple reports from Spain. The well-traveled forward leaves Rio Grande of the D-League to assume the roster spot left vacant by recently released NBA journeyman Linton Johnson III.


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