Texas Legend TJ Ford retires at 28 | My Memories of
If you only know TJ Ford from his past few injury filled years then you missed out on one of the fastest point guards in NBA history who also had dunk contest worthy hops.
Living in Sugarland, TX for the past 10 years, I’ve been a huge TJ fan since his senior year at Willowbridge High School. Not only did TJ lead his HS team to state titles but they won 63 straight games and had a record of 75-1 with him. His skills were on full national public display during the 2001 McDonalds Game weekend where he was showing off his And1 moves to defenders, passing to Eddie Curry, and vert in the dunk contest.
He went on to UT and made the football city realize they had a basketball program by becoming the first freshman to ever lead the NCAA in assists and took UT to the Final Four for the first time since 1947. If it wasn’t for him UT might not have had the program to get Kevin Durant & LaMarcus Aldridge and that’s probably also the reason why he became only the 4th UT player to ever have his jersey retired.
Ford then was drafted 8th by the Bucks in the now famous 2003 NBA draft that saw the current Miami Heat team enter the league as well as Melo and the guy picked after LeBron and before Melo.
Unfortunately his NBA potential was cut short with an injury during his rookie season. He showed flashes of brilliance with each team he bounced around too in the following years.
At 28, as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, TJ Ford is announcing his retirement. It’s a sad day in the NBA but for the Texans that followed him over the past decade it’s a very sad day.