AFTER NINE DAYS: T.J. says “Goodbye” to Zagreb

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After just nine days long stay in Zagreb which ended due to an end of NBA lockout it was time for T.J. Ford to part ways with Croatian champion Zagreb CO.


On yesterday’s press conference NBA player expressed nothing but sincere gratitude for the very nice time he spent with the team from the capitol of Croatia.


Among other things he stated that he is definitely not returning to Indiana Pacers, that he knows about rumors about him becoming a part of San Antonio Spurs, that he was most surprised with the play of SG Kruno Simon of all of his Zagreb CO teammates, that young phenom Dario Saric has very bright future and will eventually become the pride of Croatian basketball and that his family is the prime reason why he is returning to the States.


He emphasized that “Zagreb would be his first option if he ever leaves NBA again.”


Ford appeared in just 3 games for Zagreb CO – Euroleague games vs Bamberg and @ Panathinaikos, Adriatic League game @ Radnicki while averaging 16.7 minutes, 6.3 points, 6.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.