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For those that didn't know TJ has his own AAU team. The 247 network caught up with him to talk about it.
Coached by two former NBA standouts, the TJ Ford Elite was one of the top AAU storylines in April.
9 and 4 at Texas sucks!
- Jeff Howe
"...coaching aspirations...Ford, “I’d like to be the first black head basketball coach at the University of Texas”.
You're hired...when can you start?
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by mcb0703 11 months ago
Barnes finally has an advocate in AAU. This could be a good thing. A really good thing.
I was interested in the comment that he has a collection of “kids who passionately trained and worked out for him who were discarded from the circuit.” If two NBA guys are putting together a team of under the radar guys who go out and win tournaments, then you have to think they'll soon start to pull in some big names themselves.
Sheldon should read that part about body language and the game not owing you anything
Was just about to post this. Good stuff.
I personally had no clue he had his own team.
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My home town high school summer team played against his team a few weeks ago.
Our coach said "they might be the best coached team I've ever seen".
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That is awesome. TJ will be a great role model. Maybe he will be the coach at Texas one day.
There are already coaches in the NCAA who are younger then him. After a little more seasoning I think he will get his wish. He has given everything he possibly can to this program. The two best representatives of this program are classy people.
I would love for that transition to happen, but I think TJ has some work to do before that can become a reality.
There is absolutely no way that TJ can compete with the Rick Barnes' offensive sets.
10 years later and TJ is still the Rick Barnes offensive set
Has had a team for awhile but this is the first TJ has been really active with the team, which may also be the reason why they have been so much better than they usually are.
Well I learned something new today. Like I said, I had no clue whatsoever.
Sounds like he really enjoys coaching.
TJ is working on his degree taking classes twice a week in Austin
Me neither. Good stuff.
This may be the funniest thread of all time. The real coach of this team is Coach Courtney from Bush. He just can't legally coach them because he has players on the team.
TJ may be good at skill development and could probably be a good recruiter, but he is not even close to being ready to be a coach at the D-1 level. Has no clue how to prepare a team, scout opponents, develop a long term plan, etc.
If you guys want to buy into the hype go ahead. But this wouldn't be a whole lot different than UH hiring Clyde Drexler at this point. Now if he spent 4-5 years as an assistant, fine. But to even think he could do a better job than Barnes right now is absurdly ridiculous.
Coach Courtney always seemed like a good dude from the things I heard and time I spent with him, and he's a damn good coach so I don't doubt what you say.
That said, any coach who can recruit and not alienate half his team every season would do better than Barnes right now.
Not if you're team is about to play in a tournament and you haven't even THOUGHT about what your zone offense is, or what press breaker you'll use. Lol! That happened.
What?? Who's team was that? They never heard of domino? Lol
Umm.....TJ's!! That's why I think this is so funny. There is a reason why Coach Courtney is helping.
Bring him on as an assistant for Buzz Williams and let him season for a while and then see where he us in five years. He could recruit like a boss from day one abs learn the ins and outs of coaching during that time and them turn him loose.
And I'm not saying you're wrong, but he must doing enough right if he took a team that was mediocre under a good coach and now they're winning tourneys because they're playing as a team. Or do you think there is no correlation?
I agree with pretty much all of this. I wouldn't have a problem with him being an assistant until he was ready. Just don't think his AAU success means he's a better coach than Barnes.
I think there is some correlation. You can do a lot with guys that will play as a team, and are unselfish. And he deserves credit for being able to accomplish that, for sure. But, you also have to realize that AAU has changed some rules so a lot of these tournaments have 4-5 "winners". They are limited in the # of games they can play in a 2 day span so they can't play the tourney's out all the way like they have in the past.
Typical response from hoops coach. You mention coaching and he knows everything. How do you know what he knows or doesn't know? Do you talk to him? Do you go to his games? He also played several yrs in the NBA which will also benefit him. The way you feel about us talking about TJ and how we don't know anything is about the same as Phil Jackson talking to you. Stop acting like you know everything.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Jordan91 11 months ago
Since he is a high school coach, I tend to think he knows a lot about coaching. Since I understand him to be a hs coach in the Houston area, I tend to think he knows a lot about AAU teams and their coaches in the Houston area.
This post was edited by bierce 11 months ago
There are a ton of things that I don't know about, even about his coaching, so sorry to come across as a know it all. But, I do know a little about this situation so I shared it.
I should also add that I think TJ would make a great coach eventually. The fact that he was an NBA pg tells me that he believes in teamwork, hardworking, he is a good communicator, good leader, knows about skill development and is probably very good at knowing which adjustments need to be made during the game. PG's are the coach on the floor, so everything during the game he is probably very good at.
I just know that he is not there as far as preparing, devising a plan, scouting, etc. Those things are huge in college basketball and he just has no experience in those areas. This will help him, but I wouldn't want to hand him the reins to the program until he had worked as an assistant for a few years.
And, just to make you feel better Jordan I will confess that although I have been a head coach for a while now, I would be no where near ready to take over at a college program, let alone UT.
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