TJ Ford to retire following latest injury

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It’s been a rough career for T.J. Ford who has had to deal with neck injuries before trying to come back this season with the San Antonio Spurs.  After suffering another neck-related injury last week, it looks like his NBA career is over.

Today, the Spurs released a statement saying that he is taking an indefinitely leave of absence but Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News is reporting that Ford has decide to retire following this latest injury.

Ford confirmed the news saying, “After last Wednesday, I felt being on the floor and being in that position one too many times. “I feel like that was enough for me…. That was the last basketball game you’ll see me play.”

Ford has been sidelined since last Wednesday when he suffered a stinger in the Spurs’ win over the Knicks.  He has played in 14 games since joining San Antonio earlier this season.

The poing guard missed the entire the final 27 games of his rookie season and the entire 2004-2005 season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis.  He only played in 41 games last season with the Pacers due to injuries.  His nine year career also included stops with the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.