Ostertag Abandons Comeback

ESPN is reporting that even though the Texas Legends – and new head coach Nancy Lieberman – are starting their two-a-days, former Jazz center Greg Ostertag is not moving forward with the team.

Ostertag had been contemplating a comeback for a while now, either as a player or as an assistant coach, but he informed the team that he won’t continue to move ahead with said comeback due to family reasons.

Ostertag retired from the NBA at the end of the 2005-06 season, having played 11 seasons (10 for the Utah Jazz, 1 for the Sacramento Kings). Over his career, he averaged 4.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 1.7 BPG. He earned a total of 3,512 career points,  4,145 rebounds and 1,293 blocks (43rd in NBA history).

Ostertag also owns a unique NBA record. In 2002, he donated his kidney to sister, an act that saved her life. When he returned to the Jazz, he became the first player to resume an NBA career after donating an organ. Ostertag his since been a advocate for organ donation.

~ by djepperson on November 12, 2010.

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