Hey, remember Greg Ostertag?
If not, it’s hard to blame you — but the 38-year-old former Utah Jazz center now has his sights set on a return to the NBA. Ostertag set his plan in motion today by joining the Texas Legends of the D-League, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.
Ostertag hasn’t been seen in professional basketball in over five years. He played 11 seasons in the league, 10 of them with the Jazz, before announcing his retirement in 2006. He finished his career with 3,512 points, 4,145 rebounds and 1,293 blocks and is perhaps best remembered as the starting center for the 1996-97 Utah team that lost in the NBA Finals to Michael Jordan’s Bulls.
The 7-foot-2 big man agreed to play in the D-League last week and was claimed today by the Legends, a Dallas Mavericks affiliate.
“I missed playing,” Ostertag told Sefko. “I shouldn’t have quit when I did, and I feel like I’ve got to give it one last shot to see if I can make it happen.”
Ostertag is expected to begin his comeback Friday night against the Tulsa 66ers.