San Antonio Spurs’ T.J. Ford is out for the season and is planning on retiring according to multiple reports. The news comes after Ford, who has had multiple spine and neck injuries during his eight-year career, suffered a stinger against the New York Knicks on March 7. The team says he will be out for an indefinite amount of time while Ford has reportedly told reporters that he is retiring.
“Today will be a new beginning in life,” Ford tweeted on Monday.
Citing not wanting to put himself at risk for another injury and noting that he’s been avoiding doctor’s orders for years, Ford walks away from the game while he ‘still had a chance’. Although Ford’s injuries have prevented him from living up to the expectations he had after being selected out of Texas with the #8 pick in the 2003 draft, Ford’s impact in the basketball world can still be felt today.
“Ford remains the most important player in UT hoops history. No TJ = No Final Four, no Aldridge, no Durant,” tweeted Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News
Ford played in 14 games this season for the Spurs after joining the team on Dec. 10, 2011. He averaged 3.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 13.6 minutes.