Former Texas star point guard T.J. Ford retired from the NBA earlier this month as a precaution after experiencing chronic spine injuries. But he will remain around the game as a volunteer assistant coach for the D-League’s Austin Toros.
“I’ll look at it from another perspective,” Ford, 29, told the Austin American-Statesman. “I’m really starting at the bottom. I’m not sure where I’m headed. But I’m headed in the right direction.”
Ford was the eighth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He played in the league for the Bucks, Raptors, Pacers and Spurs.
Ford injured his spinal cord late in his rookie season and missed the entire following campaign trying to recover from the injury. He suffered a stinger earlier this month with the Spurs and decided to hang it up for good.
It will be interesting to see where Ford – the leader of the Longhorns’ 2003 Final Four team – goes with his coaching career. As a smart point guard, he certainly has a good perspective on the game; Ford also has plenty of time to work his way up. T.J. Ford profile