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Spurs Guard Ford Retires From NBA After Neck, Spine Injuries

T.J. Ford of the San Antonio Spurs, right, drives against Reggie Jackson of the Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA game in Oklahoma City on Jan. 8, 2012. Photographer: Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images
T.J. Ford of the San Antonio Spurs, right, drives against Reggie Jackson of the Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA game in Oklahoma City on Jan. 8, 2012. Photographer: Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images

March 12 (Bloomberg) -- San Antonio Spurs guard T.J. Ford is retiring from the National Basketball Association after an eight-year career plagued by neck and spine injuries.

Ford, 28, made the announcement this afternoon on his Twitter page. In a statement issued earlier today through the Spurs, Ford said he was taking an indefinite leave of absence because of injuries, most recently a pinched nerve in his neck sustained March 7 against the New York Knicks.

Selected by Milwaukee with the eighth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Ford played for the Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers. He averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 assists in 14 games with San Antonio this season.

Ford missed the 2004-05 season due to a spinal cord injury. His best season was 2006-07 with Toronto, when the guard averaged 14 points per game and finished with 595 assists, fifth most in the NBA.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York at enovywilliam@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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