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TJ Ford
TJ Ford
Position: -
Born: 03/24/83
Height: 5-10 / 1.78
Weight:164 lbs. / 74.8 kg.
Earnings: $43,534,324 ($61,327,413*)
From the Hall of Famers and on, it was loaded. So, you’re drafted by the Bucks at No. 8. There’s this picture floating around of you in these big-ass shorts. Where’d you get those, man? TJ Ford: “You have to do the rookie-transition program. I don’t know how it was for you, Poz, but they had the gym set up at the Knicks’ practice facility. It’s where you did all the media and you did all the stuff for the video games and that’s where they gave everybody their uniforms. So, when I got there, that’s what the Bucks had sent me. I’m like, ‘Yo… What? What you want me to do with this?’ They were like, ‘That’s all we’ve got. It’s either you wear them or you won’t get these photos.’ I’m like, ‘Shoot, I wanna have my rookie card. I ain’t gonna miss this.’ So hey, we gotta do what we gotta do!”
Man, you couldn’t even roll the shorts up or nothing? Ford: “So, imagine the jersey. The jersey is the same length as the shorts! I still have the jersey. I may have to do a Throwback Thursday and actually wear it because I kept the whole thing ’cause I had to. Now, the cool thing about it is, that was so long ago. That was back in 2003. Every year, when these new guys come into the league, that picture keeps resurfacing and all these kids see it for the first time. Now, when I’m in the gym somewhere, Poz, that’s my little thing where everybody’s seen it. That’s what they want to show me! It’s cool, I enjoy it. I guess it’s something in history, so I’ll take it.”
Ford: “My first time getting traded, I got traded in the summer. I think after Hurricane Katrina and all that. It was when the Essence Festival was in Houston for the first time. So, I got a house to fill. Somebody bought my house and I was supposed to move out a week later, but they told me they wanted me out on Friday. Now, I’ve got an appearance in Milwaukee on Saturday that I’m supposed to fly to on Friday. But I decided that I was gonna go hang out. We hang out, I end up getting on the flight. My pops ended up moving all of his stuff out of his house in Houston. So I get to Milwaukee, I speak at Michael Redd’s camp and he wasn’t there. It was just a strange day. Who comes to somebody’s camp and they ain’t there? That just didn’t make sense to me. [I’m thinking], ‘Gosh, something ain’t right…’
Ford: I ended up having dinner plans with Skip [Robinson], the public relations guy. He helped me do a lot of great things in Milwaukee. We go to dinner and I didn’t really have no power at my house, so at the restaurant, I’ve got my phone and my charger, but they’re not next to me. He answered his phone and he’s sitting directly across from me and I just hear him go, ‘No! No! You’ve got to be kidding me.’ So, he’s like, ‘Here, the GM wants to talk to you.’ So, I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ The GM’s like, ‘How do you feel about going to Toronto?’ I’m like, ‘What are you talking about? Stop playing with me. Stop f—— with me. Seriously, what’s going on?’ He’s like, ‘No, for real. We just traded you for Charlie Villanueva and it hasn’t hit the news yet and it probably won’t tonight.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, Skip, he just told me he f—— traded me. He must be joking with me.’
Ford: So, I handed him the phone. I get my phone and I’ve got a bunch of missed calls from my mom. So I called my mom and she’s like, ‘Your agent has been trying to call you. He’s been saying something about a trade?’ I was like, ‘I know! The GM just told me that he traded me, so it must be a joke or something. I don’t know. I’ll call you right back.’ I called my agent right away. But before I was able to do that, they got a TV at the bar in the restaurant. And, remember, the GM just told me that nobody knew about it. But it had just hit the news. Not ESPN, I’m talking about the local news at 10. I’m like, ‘Ah man!’ It was the worst day, man. Worst day. I was hurt. That was a tough one.”