Most of the people posting hateful remarks about something as benign as a guy
wanting to give bball another shot, are probably people who never really
accomplished much in life. Greg Ostertag played for Kansas, spent many years in
the NBA and donated an organ to save his sisters' life. How many who posted
negatively have come half as close to living out their dream or have done
anything half as giving to anyone other than yourself?Man, there are
some hateful, bitter and sad people out there.
If he needs a job, maybe he could teach our bigs how to play defense. People
give him way too hard of a time. He was a starting center on a 2-time Western
conference championship team. Yes, he was awkward, clumsy, and missed
point-blank dunks, but he successfully defended the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon,
Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, and other dominant centers of the
time. It was just bad luck that the Bulls did not have a more dominant center
they relied more heavily upon. Tag would have taken him out of the game, and we
might have won those titles.
In my best Chris Farley voice: "Do you remember when Shaq slapped Ostertag
silly? That was awesome."
Jerry Sloan might be laughing and again he might say "Greg O. who?" I
wouldn't want Tag back again, good grief.
Dumb Prison Guard, or Mall Cop is what awaits him. Who cares have some fun play
ball, if you can. Lets see I need a White guy 7-2, with experience and can fill
space and play 5 min or 10 min a game, to rest my main guy or just prevent
injury in lost causes, why not. The Jazz are a lost cause this year. With few exceptions have I ever see a person 7-2 do much with grace and none
most of the time. The world is just not built for them. My son is 6'5"
tall. He can't ride the school bus, can't drive certain cars. He can drive my PT
but not my Honda CRV because of leg room. Add 7 inches and bulk to that, I feel
bad for him.Walton was constently broken and in pain, Forrest hurt
his back and was never the same.Lighten up people have some fun.
DukesterNot trying to start a war of words, but I don't think Corbin
was trying to take a shot at Tag, or that he even knew it would be in a news
article. I hardly think you can call that a cheap shot.Second- Poor
player rotation? He had 2 pre season games. I am thinking he will rotate
players like he is for probably about 10 games and then figure out a set
rotation. Little training camp or pre season makes it tough to figure out a
rotation. Third- I am not some big Corbin fan, I thought the Jazz
should have hired outside the organization, like going after a Rick Adelman or a
Jeff Van Gundy, someone who has had success, but I cannot knock Corbin after 2
games this year. Last year was a mess with the whole D Will, J Slo thing. No
one could have stepped into that mess and done well. Fans are so quick to
criticize a coach, we are all experts from our couch though right?
Ostertag was always under appreciated. He was no superstar and his game was
limited like many NBA players (especially bigs). However, he did clog the lane
and protect the rim. Ostertag was somewhat like mark Eaton. His
outlet pass wasn't as good, nor was he as consistent. Still, Ostertag had his
value. He was the starting Center on two NBA finals Jazz teams.I
think Jazz fans took it as gospel that Ostertag was a bust because Malone and
Sloan ran their mouth against Ostertag a few times. Good luck Greg.
Give it one last shot. Put all your heart into it.
jazzledazzle...Corbin laughs when told Tag is attempting to make a
comeback. That was a cheap shot. Many people are laughing at him for the way he
is coaching. Jazz don't have a lot of talent but his rotation of players is
Don't laugh, he made 39 million.. Give him one year in the D-Leauge and Utah
will sign him for 25 million!
@ Dukester @ GoodguyGarySo why is Corbin to be laughed at. He is
coaching a team that just lost their franchise player and hall of fame coach.
He is starting over from scratch. Limited training camp and pre season. He has
a young talented roster and we have no idea how these players will even turn
out. This team is geared to win about 20 games whether Phil Jackson or Ty
Corbin is coaching them. So enough with the Corbin bashing already. What do
you want, the Jazz to start smoking teams right off the bat with this roster?That said, I for one am excited about this year. I don't expect a lot
of wins, but it will be fun to watch the team develop, and I do think the future
You can't teach 7 "2 at any age. Good luck Greg.
Hard to feel bad for a guy that made over 39 million dollars in his career. Just
Tags comeback attempt is not as laughable as the Jazz performance. Corbin
should not walk away laughing...we are all luaghing at him and his team.
@Northwest Coug - He's not coming back to play for the Jazz - thankfully! With
him, they WOULD be worse!"But I'm going to give myself a month
or two to get in really good shape and see what happens." --from the
articleNow, I'm no pro-athlete or trainer, but if he was really
serious about this, wouldn't he already be in good shape? Two months is not very
much time for a guy his age to try and get into good enough shape to compete
professionally. Frankly, that's not a lot of time for anyone at any age...
I liked Greg. He was always a lot of fun to watch and listen to. Cudos to him
for trying and I hope he does well. He did play defense. I like stories like
this and wish people wouldn't always be so mean. Many people are having to come
out of retirement these days or postpone it all together.
Sounds laughable. But could the Jazz be any worse than they are now?
Biggest news since MJ came out of retirement. Flash bulbs will be popping
around the arena, and the oooh's and awwww's from the crowd will be loud when
they see him fumble a pass out of bounds or miss a layup.
Who are we to laugh at someone who wants to do something they like? Even
Ostertag was not a super good professional basketball player, I am sure he is
not coming back (to D-League) for money. And if the team wants him (maybe for
his name and height), and he wants to play, why should we laugh?I
found the only things laughable in the still young Jazz season is Corbin's 0-2
start and Bell's poor performance. Let's laugh at them now, haha!
When my friends and I were playing basketball. One of the worst insults you
could give someone, was callim him Ostertag. That name alone summed up every
awful play, rebound, pass, dribble, block that could be done.Good
for him for not giving up. But the Jazz should have traded him for someone that
would play a long time ago. Even if the guy was shorter. Since they paid
Ostertag to sit on the bench game in and game out and contribute very little to
the game. I felt I was qualified to play his position and collect six figures
warming up a seat and having a courtside seat for the games. For that wage I
would pass out the towels and drinks.
"Fire is still burning." Really? That's what's laughable. The guy
never had a fire burning to begin with.This is all code language for
"I burned through all my money and I'm not prepared to do anything
else." Sad, really...
Ostertag is coming back? He was a bad basketball player when he was young -
what makes him think he'll be a good one now that he's old?This
adventure won't even leave the ground. The Jazz are the only reason he had an
NBA career to begin with, and I don't think they're dumb enough to make it