Former Jazz player Greg Ostertag: 'Tagged for a comeback

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  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Jan. 6, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    I love Ostertag, he never pretended to be anything he wasn't and he made a big difference for the Jazz.

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Jan. 6, 2012 2:58 a.m.

    we need brian scalabrine....WHITE MAMBA!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:28 p.m.

    ""I missed playing,'' Ostertag said. "I shouldn't have quit when I did."

    You mean, some time between warmups and halftime of most games?

    How can you "miss" a game that you didn't like enough to play hard at the first time around?

  • Kakashi Tokyo, Japan
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:18 p.m.

    Sometimes you'd ask yourself what if...greg ostertag worked his tail off....would that mean a championship or two? who knows...ah the regrets of not doing your best...

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    Refund the money to Jazz fans Ostertag.

  • sid 6.7 Holladay, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    If this whole Come Back thing dose not works out for Ostertag I understand Shaq is looking for some one to wash his cars.

    I'm just sayin...

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    I just remember Hot Rod and when he would pronounce Ostertag's name:

    Hot Rod's voice- "Rebound OOOOOOstuhtag."

    Also remember a quote from Bill Walton during the NBA Finals- "And Jerry Sloan is about ready to strangle Ostertag."

    Good luck Big O, hope you get one last crack in the league.

  • goatesnotes Kamas, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    Ostertag in three words: "coulda, shoulda, woulda"

  • Highwoodmom Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 1:03 p.m.

    Good for him. I wish him well!

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Has this been approved by SPCA?

  • Alaskan Ute Fairbanks, AK
    Jan. 5, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    Opportunity has passed you by Greg - move on with your life.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    Haha, seriously CJ? Mark Eaton is easily the best center the Jazz ever had. Ostertag had the potential to become the best Jazz center ever, but wasted that potential. If he had lived up to that potential, I think the Jazz would have two NBA Championship banners hanging in ESA (or at least one). Now the Jazz will in all likelihood never win a Championship. Oh well. C'est la vie. I never hated him when he was on the Jazz, so good luck with the attempted comeback to him.

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    Ostertag is a classic case of an NBA undertalented player who failed to kick himself in the behind and get in shape, quit fighting and bickering with coaches, practice smarter, learn to shoot, move his feet, and generally get with the program. If he had shaped up, the Jazz coulda, woulda, shoulda won at least a couple of championships; not withstanding MJ. What a waste. He needs to wake up to the fact that it is over. Move on. More than likely he would be entertaining behind the microphone on Jazz games. Bring back Hot Rod as well. Our current TV people dry me crazy with their nonsense.

  • Silly Rabbit Small Town, USA, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    Go get'em Big O..............

  • Thinkman Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    I hope he does well and succeeds in his comeback!

    Go Greg!

  • Ellie Marie Herriman, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 10:06 a.m.

    Karl has always been my favorite, but I liked 'Tag too.

    I say good for him!

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    Best center the Jazz have ever had!!

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    There you have it. Ostertag coasted and we still got to the NBA Finals with him in the middle.

    It drove me and everyone else nuts because we would all see flashes of what he could do when he was motivated for a game here or there. It is unfortunate that many people don't get it until later in life when their time may have passed.

    If Greg truly was motivated I hjave little doubt he could come back and play and plug the paint which is a massively valuable role in the NBA. Kurt Thomas is older than Tag and just doing/sticking with a few basics he schooled multiple Jazz players (rookies and vets) with his play in the first two preseason games.

    Hopefully he is motivated enough to work the fat/lard off. That in and of itself will be a pretty good indicator of how motivated he really is. The dude is huge and a giant like that is very hard to come by. So what if he is motivated by needing to possibly pay some bills. Aren't most of us?

    Go for it Tag!

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    I wonder how much the democrats are paying ostertag to help their unemployment numbers. It's another job that cost taxpayers $5 million. Only democrats could look at failure and call it a screaming success and role model.

  • Jazzledazzle Provo, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 8:07 a.m.

    I think Ostertag was one of the more entertaining players this franchise has ever seen.

    -False teeth
    -Fights with Sloan
    -Got slapped by Shaq
    -Played in the movie "Eddie"
    -Fumbled passes out of bounds, got blocked on a fairly regular basis
    -Was instrumental in the win over Houston by locking down Olajuwon and also scoring 16 points that game

    I have no bad feelings. Good luck Tag.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    Ostertag should come back to the Jazz for two reasons

    1. he has a higher scoring average than does our starting 2 guard

    2. he could outdo Harpring and friend behind the mike,

    Ostertag is tremendously entertaining. He has great insights, has a raw sense of humor, is articulate.... hey what about running on the GOP ticket, he might get more than 25% of the vote.

    Come on Jazz Ostertag is destined to return, better sooner than later.

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 7:25 a.m.

    the biggest dissapointment of an employee that I have ever seen. "wants to see if I still got it." Word to Ostertag...You never had it! Karl and John worked their tails off while you lazed around.

  • Weber State Graduate Clearfield, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:55 a.m.

    "It's just a matter of getting in good enough shape to go out and play at that higher level."

    The same was true when he was in Utah...too bad it never happened.

  • redcliffs Ivins, Utah
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:51 a.m.

    Tag's not playing for the love of the game. He's probably broke and has a large beer tab to pay at some bar in Texas. The guy admits that he didn't play hard when he was with the Jazz so be basically robbed the team of the $39 million he was paid. That doesn't leave a good taste in my mouth so I could care less about his come back attempt.

  • ThatsSoUtah Fredericksburg, VA
    Jan. 5, 2012 6:39 a.m.

    It's too bad the maturity to realize how you should behave comes long after the ability to put that maturity to good use.

  • sandrus cedar Hills/ utah, UT
    Jan. 5, 2012 4:29 a.m.

    I sat next to Greg Ostertag on a flight four years before he retired and we had a lengthy conversation, he kept complaining about Jerry Sloan and Karl Malone constantly criticizing him, I remember thinking that he just didn't get it. He didn't realize how much the team needed him and how much they wanted him to reach his potential. There were a few times when I thought Jerry was going to strangle him in timeouts but I think Coach Sloan saw what all of us saw, a guy with a ton of potential who was satisfied to just "float" in games. When I heard his interview last night on KSL, I thought, Wow, he finally gets it, he has finally figured out what the Jazz were trying to do for him. Like most people, we figure it out later in life and often when it is too late. I am glad Greg realized that he should have worked harder and appreciated that playing in the NBA is like hitting the genetic lottery! I wish him good luck in his comeback and I hope he makes it through hard work and dedication, things that were sadly missing during his time with the Jazz!

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Jan. 4, 2012 10:19 p.m.

    Awesome. An athlete playing for the love of the game. I would love to watch him play. He should be enough to get me out to a couple of games this year.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2012 9:16 p.m.

    Giving it a shot is a good thing Greg. Critics abound as they always have. You are the one to live with yourself. If you still have some ball left, play it until it runs dry. It matters not how far you excel except that it ends up with you giving it your basketball soul.