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Greg Ostertag will not be returning to the NBA

Jan 19, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

Greg Ostertag

From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:

After knee troubles limited him to less than 30 minutes in the Texas Legends’ last three games, Greg Ostertag informed the team Thursday that he is ending his comeback in the D-League.

Ostertag had his best game for the Frisco-based Legends last week at the D-League Showcase in Reno in front of scouts from numerous NBA teams, but the 38-year-old told ESPN.com on Thursday that the pain in his knees since then had become unbearable.

“They’ve been bugging me since I came back (in late December), but I could barely move (after Reno),” Ostertag said. “I felt good there and I played good. I get out there and sometimes I do get loose, but usually the ‘don’ts’ are longer than the ‘dos.’ It sucks, but I knew going into this what could happen.”

Ostertag, who was a solid if unspectacular NBA center for 11 seasons, said that he regrets retiring at the age of 33, and that he wants people to know that his time in the D-league was not “a publicity stunt.” It’s a shame that Ostertag’s body couldn’t hold up when he re-found his passion for the game — we wish him all the best in his post-NBA ventures.

  1. havlicekstoletheball - Jan 19, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Ostertag was one of the three genetic clones clogging up the lane in the NBA between about 1994 and 2002. I believe he, Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, and Eric Montross were triplets separated at birth…

    A shame, though, as Ostertag seemed to work hard on this comeback effort.

  2. bossaliniee - Jan 20, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    He was garbage,and I said from day one when h tried this sold called comeback,it was a waste of time.

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