You read that headline right, although it could have said “Greg Ostertag is still alive!” and been just as valid.
The 36-year old Kansas product retired three years ago yet claims he wants to get back into the NBA. I think I speak for virtually everyone on the planet when I say, “Greg Ostertag was in the NBA three years ago?”
The 7’2 center, took his case to the Dallas Morning News today, stating that he had always wanted to be a Maverick, since he grew up in Dallas. The shocking part of this story is that Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks’ president of basketball operations, said that Ostertag is definitely on the team’s radar.
Really? I mean, Ostertag seems like a nice fella’ and all, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he wasn’t on the Kansas alumni pickup game’s radar.
Playing into Ostertag’s favor is the fact that the Mavericks only have one true center on their roster right now in Erik Dampier. Even so, to say that this seems like a long-shot would be a gigantic understatement.
Ostertag was the 28th overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft and is apparently famous for being the first player in NBA history to return to the league after donating a kidney. He gave his to save the life of his sister. He was also made famous by being the guy most often confused for Bryant Reeves or Eric Montross.
Ostertag played 11 years in the league, 10 of which were with the Jazz sandwiched around a one-year stint with the Sacramento Kings. He currently has career averages of 4.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and is fourth all-time in games played for the Jazz behind John Stockton, Karl Malone and Mark Eaton.