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Greg Ostertag
Center
Born March 6, 1973 (1973-03-06) (age 36)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 280 lb (127 kg)
High school Duncanville
College Kansas
Draft 28th overall, 1995
Utah Jazz
Pro career 1995–2006
Former teams Utah Jazz (1995-2004; 2005-2006)
Sacramento Kings (2004-2005)

Gregory Donovan Ostertag (born March 6, 1973, in Dallas, Texas) is a retired American basketball player, who spent most of his professional career with the NBA's Utah Jazz. He measures 7'2" (2.18 m) and played center. Throughout most of his college and professional career he wore the uniform number 00 (but wore the number 39 for two seasons with the Jazz while Olden Polynice played for the team wearing number 0).

After graduating from Duncanville High School (where he had already grown to seven feet and led the school to its first boys basketball title in 1990), Ostertag played college basketball for the University of Kansas from 1991 through 1995, playing in two Final Fours, and swatting 258 career shot blocks during that time, a record for both Kansas and the Big Eight Conference. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the first round in 1995. He spent the next nine seasons playing for the Jazz, playing alongside superstars John Stockton and Karl Malone, before signing as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings in 2004. His season with the Kings was unproductive as he had little playing time. Later in his career, on August 2, 2005, Ostertag was involved in a 5-team, 13-player trade (the largest in NBA history) that sent him back to the Jazz.

After the 2005-06 season, Greg Ostertag announced his retirement from the Utah Jazz. His last game was on April 19, the season finale versus the Golden State Warriors. Utah won the game 105-103 and Ostertag received the opportunity to play for 3:36, registering one rebound and one block. The win against the Warriors ensured that Ostertag played his entire 11-year career on teams that finished the season with winning records.

Off the court

In 2002, he donated a kidney to save the life of his sister Amy Hall, who was dying of kidney disease; upon his return he became the first player in NBA history to play after donating an organ[1] (Sean Elliott had returned to play earlier; however, he was the first organ transplant recipient to return to NBA action). He has since been an advocate of organ donation and the Kidney Foundation. He is currently in fourth place in number of games played for the Jazz, behind Stockton, Malone, and Mark Eaton.

Ostertag and his wife, Heidi, have three children: Cody, Bailey and Shelby.[1]

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