Retired NBA point guard TJ Ford knows all about being undersized and outmatched on the basketball court. The one-time Texas Longhorn was listed at six-feet tall during his eight-year NBA career, a career that could’ve gone longer if not for frequent injuries. Upon retirement in 2012, Ford said, “I think I succeeded at beating the odds, of being the little guy, making it to the NBA and lasting as long as I did. I think I achieved a lot.”
Today, Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis is drawing comparisons to TJ Ford, although Ulis is listed three inches shorter. And this afternoon, Ford tweeted his support for the UK freshman:
I like this kid game a lot. https://t.co/olg3F06uLv
— TJ Ford (@tj_ford) August 20, 2014
Ford’s footsteps would be a nice set for Ulis to follow. Being the short guy doesn’t necessarily rule out a lengthy and successful career.