Wednesday , Apr , 19 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Greg Ostertag Calls it a Day

What a long, strange trip it’s been, and now Greg Ostertag is hanging up his hooves sneakers for good. Between the hair, the goofy game and the insane belief that he might one day win an argument against Jerry Sloan, Greg Ostertag has been a curious character throughout his career. Selected by the Jazz with the twenty-eighth pick of the ’95 draft, ‘Tag spent all but one of his eleven seasons with Utah, posting career averages of 4.7 and 5.5.

What I’ll remember about ol’ Double Zero, however, are his battles with Dennis Rodman in the legendary Bulls-Jazz series, the frequent post-game temper tantrums, and the look of utter surprise on his face every single time he dunked the ball.

“Honestly, I thought I would play for 15 years. When I came to camp, I planned on playing at least a couple more. Physically, there’s no doubt I could play longer.”


Whatever you say about Ostertag, you can’t deny that he’s had to overcome a lot to last over a decade in the league. Sure, he’s 7’2” and hefty as hell, but I’m almost certain he’s missing one or more bones in his knees. Either that, or he doesn’t know they can bend that way.

Greg Ostertag Calls it a Day

There are nights I wake up crying that he has earned more than fifty million dollars as a professional basketball player, but the definitive statement about Greg Ostertag is that he’d consider that a compliment. Wherever you end up and whatever you do in your retirement, I can only hope that you continue to be as entertaining as you have been since ’95, Greg. Take it easy, ‘Tag.