San Antonio Spurs 28 year old guard, T.J. Ford, is retiring, effective immediately, after a series of neck and spine injuries during his eight year NBA career.
He announced the decision with on his Twitter with two different tweets.
Ford also released a statement through the Spurs that referred to the injuries, including the most recent a “stinger” he suffered on March 7 against the New York Knicks.
“While this was a tough decision to make, it is what is best for me and my family at this time,” Ford said. “Regardless of what the future holds, I will carry the experiences, the friendships and the memories with me forever.”
Head Coach Gregg Popovich congratulated Ford and supported his decision.
“I congratulate him on all that he has achieved as a player and fully support the difficult decision he was forced to make,” he said.
Sad to hear about such a young player but it is part of the game. It just reinforces that you can’t take a day for granted because before you know it, it’s gone!