T.J. Ford Blogs from NBA Europe Live 2007
Posted Oct 8 2007 12:59PM
Posted by T.J. Ford on Oct. 8 2007, 12:00 p.m. ET
It definitely was a tough game. Their style is a lot different - they move the ball, they set a lot of picks. It was a good experience for us to see what ball movement and setting picks does to get people good shots and open shots.
We accomplished leaving Rome with a win so, thatís one goal accomplished for the season so far.
Itís really tough going up against them with the way that they play. Itís just practice, I give them credit. The shifts that they have, it wears on your body, but we were able to maintain and get the victory.
We still have a long way to go. As far as with me, there is a lot of things that Iím still trying to get used to and Iím trying to get my body used to playing NBA games and I think that goes for everybody. As long as it comes October 31 is the key.
I wish Andrea could have played a lot more minutes being it was his hometown, but foul trouble kept him from playing as much. Iím pretty sure that everybody in Rome was happy to see him play. Iím just glad that he had the opportunity to come back home. He may not be able to play another NBA game here, so, its something heíll definitely cherish for the rest of his life.
Iím actually going on a tour todoay to see the Coliseum and a couple other things. I donít think I have time to shop because Iím going on a tour, but Iím definitely looking forward to that and then Spain here I come!
Posted by T.J. Ford on Oct. 7 2007, 10:00 a.m. ET
I got to see my family on Friday and I spent some time with my agent and we had dinner and just spent some time catching up. We definitely had some good food. We visited the Spanish Steps area but it was late at night. We didn't do too much because we had the game on Saturday. This is the time where you get back to training your body mentally and physically to prepare yourself for a game.
I also had a great experience with adidas. They did something that I'm sure that community will enjoy for a long time. We fixed up a basketball court so the kids will be able to play and put new goals up. I was just glad to be a part of it.
Last night, the crowd was great. They were definitely into it. I'm just looking forward to doing it again tonight.
I think I played pretty well. I knocked down my threes. I wish I would have made some more 15-footers, but it was all about trying to get adjusted and just getting into the flow. I think it was a solid performance for the first game.
Last night we knew the Celtics, but we don't know this team we're playing tonight. We just need to stick to our principles and this time around make sure that we definitely get the win. We don't want to leave Rome 0-2, so tonight we need to come out really focused and make sure we get the win.
I'm not too worried about playing back-to-back nights. You have to prepare yourself for it. I'm actually glad they scheduled us for it this early because once you start the season off, you're going to have quite a few of them.
Oh, and I want to thank Daniel Gibson for blazing the trail for Texas point guards blogging on NBA.com. It's good to keep UT on the blog.
Posted by T.J. Ford on Oct. 5 2007, 3:00 p.m. ET
Treviso was a good experience. We definitely enjoyed ourselves. It gave us an opportunity to bond and get closer and it gave Andrea and Garbajosa an opportunity to play in front of some fans where they played and won a championship before.
It's an opportunity for them to reflect on the memories of their past and to see how big they were in Treviso was definitely a good experience for all of us.
Rome is going well so far. I ran into James Posey at my hotel last night. He's a good friend of mine. I actually live in Houston so we get to see eachother quite often. Every time I see somebody who lives in Houston on the road, we usually meet up and share our experiences with eachother.
This is the dream of a lifetime. I never imagined I would be here in Rome. I never even thought about being in Rome, but I hope to have the opportunity to tour today and see some of the historical buildings and just try to get an idea of what Rome is all about.
I think it's coming along well in practice. I think tomorrow is a good test for both teams to kind of come out and see where they're at and figure out what are their strengths and what are their weaknesses. It allows us to prepare for the upcoming season. That's what preseason is for. Tomorrow is a good test for us to see where we're at.
It's a lot of fun going up against Jose Calderon everyday in practice because we're both competitive. We're in an atmosphere where you have to come to play everyday. I think that's our mindset when we step on the court.
Hopefully I'll have some more stuff for you tomorrow. I have an appearance today with adidas and from there I tour the city with my family so I'll definitely give you my experience tomorrow.
Posted by T.J. Ford on Oct. 4 2007, 12:00 a.m. ET
Training camp has been pretty good. We're definitely building a lot of team chemistry. Getting used to being around each other. With the couple of additions that we do have, just making them feel how much of a family we have here.
Build those connections, definitely, it's a good thing. Being around some of these Euro guys, especially with Andrea Bargnani and Jorge Garbajosa in Italy. So it gives us an ability to see where these guys come from and I think their fan base is all over the world.
We went to Venice yesterday and saw the historical buildings. Saw how it was a very unique city, it's built on water. We walked around and did some shopping. It was pretty good.
It's been great just to see how many fans you have over here - how special they are. They continue to cater to us so its definitely fun.
Traveling through Italy has been pretty good. Everyone that's part of this trip that did all the things behind the scenes, it made it easy for us. Everything's been going smooth, everything's been going on time. At the end of the day, we've had time to rest a little bit even though we have a lot of engagements that we're a part of, we still have time for ourselves.
Haven't had any jet lag either. Time's definitely a big key. I think to me going to Singapore in the beginning of September definitely allowed my body to get used to going overseas. So I adjusted to Italy pretty easily.
I'm getting used to traveling. I'm not a guy that does a lot of traveling during the summer. I've had the opportunity the past few summers and going to places that I'd probably never go to on my own.
As for the hoops, we're excited to play the Celtics. I think that this is a big test for everybody around the NBA. At the end of the day, you just got out there and play your heart out even though it is training camp. You want to get out all the kinks and work hard during this training camp and stay healthy.
I think everybody is wondering how we're going to do. We've put high expectations for ourselves and we're confident in ourselves. We feel like we're still under the radar and we feel that we're going come out and show everyone that we're one of the premiere teams in the East.