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Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at 11:10 pm  |  10 responses

Greg Ostertag Heading to the D-League


Greg Ostertag, who was drafted in 1995 and spent most of his 11-year career with the Utah Jazz, is once again attempting an NBA comeback. The Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, picked up the 38-year-old center this week. His debut was tonight, and the 7-footer finished with 2 points and 11 rebounds in 17 minutes of play. From the Dallas Morning News: “Ostertag spent most of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz and was one of the most the best shot-blockers in the league, swatting a shot every 11.4 minutes of playing time. ‘I missed playing,’ Ostertag said. ‘I shouldn’t have quit when I did and I feel like I got to give it one last shot to see if I can make it happen. I know there’s a lot of naysayers out there who think I couldn’t play when I was younger and how am I going to be able to play now? But I’m going to give myself a month or two to get in really good shape and see what happens.’ Ostertag toyed with the idea of making a comeback a couple of years ago, but after consulting with his family thought better of it. By joining the Legends, Ostertag is not beholden to the Mavericks, should he show enough ability to earn a call-up to the NBA. Any team could offer him a contract.”

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  • Zabbah

    If he makes it, it’s not because he’s good enough for the NBA but a good indication of how bad centers are these days.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i have no idea what the power balance in the d-league is like, but it just shifted

  • AQWORD

    ^^ ha ^^

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Being 38 and grabbing 11 rebounds in the D-League is nothing to sneeze at.
    No, seriously.

  • S Kemp

    maybe glenn bigdog robinson can join the D-league and dunk all over his face again

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    The only thing I know about him is he played for Utah and got his ass whooped..

  • DreDay

    lol@ Max

  • Sneaky Jimmy

    He once threw an ice bag at Jerry Sloan – and missed. Pretty well sums up his ability

  • boo radley

    this is the nba version of terrell owens playing arena football LOL

  • Larry

    I’m an avid Utah Jazz fan and absolutely couldn’t stand Greg Ostertag when he played for the Jazz, although he was always entertaining. He could never catch a pass from Stockton, especially if he was wide open right underneath the basket. He almost always would fumble the ball out of bounds. He had really poor hands. And he was always getting in to a screaming or yelling contest with Jerry Sloan on the bench. More than once, Sloan threw him out of a game, banishing him to the locker room right in the middle of a game because of lack of hustle or lack of defense (he could never defend anybody). The funniest thing I ever saw during an NBA game was Ostertag running down the court and losing his false teeth. They skittered across the court and stopped right in front of the opposing team’s bench. One of the players got off the bench and took a look (I think he thought it was a mouthpiece) but when he realized it was Ostertag’s false teeth, he got this real disgusted look on his face and called over a trainer with rubber gloves to pick them up and give them back to Ostertag after the refs stopped the game and the tv cameras doing closeups of his false teeth. Later in his career, he was traded to the Kings and, before the season started, tripped over his own feet at his house in Sacramento falling down a flight of stairs and breaking his wrist (before he ever played a game for them). He was a total and complete doofuss as a player for the Jazz hurting the team more than he helped. Paraphrasing his own remarks in this article, I agree when he says, “…I couldn’t play when I was younger…how am I going to be able to play now?”

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