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.
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.
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!
It's too bad the maturity to realize how you should behave comes long after the
ability to put that maturity to good use.
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.
"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.
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.
Ostertag should come back to the Jazz for two reasons1. he has a
higher scoring average than does our starting 2 guard2. 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.
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 gameI have no bad feelings. Good luck Tag.
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.
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!
Best center the Jazz have ever had!!
Karl has always been my favorite, but I liked 'Tag too.I say good
I hope he does well and succeeds in his comeback!Go Greg!
Go get'em Big O..............
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.
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.
Opportunity has passed you by Greg - move on with your life.
Has this been approved by SPCA?
Good for him. I wish him well!
Ostertag in three words: "coulda, shoulda, woulda"
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.
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...
Refund the money to Jazz fans Ostertag.
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...
""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?
we need brian scalabrine....WHITE MAMBA!
I love Ostertag, he never pretended to be anything he wasn't and he made a big
difference for the Jazz.