Power Play

Once upon a time, Texas was a football school -- period. Then T. J. Ford turned up in Austin -- and turned UT hoops around.

Updated: March 4, 2003, 3:35 PM ET
By By Curry Kirkpatrick, ESPN The Magazine
Like all teens, T.J. Ford has changed.

Not the walk. He still rolls those bony shoulders and swaggers those semibowed legs onto the court, like a true Texas gunfighter just off the range and ready to sling some lead. Not the shot, either. Despite firing up 1,000 a day in the off-season, while resorting to all sorts of bizarre gimmickry to improve his mechanics, the 5'10" sophomore still fades and leans and flings most of his stuff off-balance.