NBADLeague.com: Is that what made you retire early? Just having not confidence in your shot?
Ostertag: There were a bunch of factors in there. I was just tired. I was tired of the travel, tired of the practices. It's probably hard to hear you say that when you're making the money that somebody like that makes, but I was tired of being on the road. I played basketball for 24 years.
It was premature - I shouldn't have done it. I should've stuck it out. Granted, the money's great, but it's not so much about the money. It's just what I know.
I don't have my college degree, and basketball's what I know. I know basketball.
I've gotten smarter. I learned over the years of being retired, and started understanding. Jerry [Sloan] and I used to butt heads all the time and I thought he was getting on me because he needed somebody to get on.
Now I look back on the things he said to me and they're all making sense. I guess I won't say the things he was saying to me - more like the things he was yelling at me.NBADLeague.com: Haha, Jerry Sloan could be forceful...
Ostertag: I love Jerry to death. He was old school. I played with two of the best to ever step on the floor, and I was the one taking the brunt when things were going bad. I thought he was just picking on me, and I understand it now.
Good luck to Tag. The couple of times I've heard him on Jazz broadcasts when Utah was playing in Phoenix, I thought TV was something that he could do once his playing days were over. If that's the case this time around, I hope he lands somewhere with the league.