San Antonio Spurs' T.J. Ford Taking Leave of Absence

By Stephanie Lewark

Last Wednesday during the San Antonio Spurs’ game against the New York Knicks at the AT&T Center, guard T.J. Ford suffered his most recent neck / spine injury in what has been a plaguing series of injuries during his eight-year NBA career.  Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, voiced concern that echoed sentiments felt by the team, fans, and most apparently, Ford according to

“I was scared to death,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “When he was not moving at all, you can’t help but think the worst, considering his past.”

“They X-rayed it, and I think it was negative, and they called it a stinger,” Popovich said. “He dodged a bullet, and that’s good.”

As a result of that injury, which was later reported to be a stinger, 28-year-old Ford is now considering retirement with the announcement of his indefinite leave of absence earlier today.  From the announcement posted on the San Antonio Spurs official webpage:

“While this was a tough decision to make, it is what is best for me and my family at this time,” said Ford. “I have been blessed to play alongside wonderful teammates for great coaches and organizations from high school, to college, to the NBA. Regardless of what the future holds, I will carry the experiences, the friendships and the memories with me forever. The support I’ve received from family, friends and the fans has been humbling and I am looking forward to evaluating my professional options following this season.”

And no one can certainly blame Ford for making this decision in light of the scare with his most recent injury.

For more on this story and to view a video of Ford’s announcement, visit the official San Antonio Spurs webpage.

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