Spurs’ Ford retires after latest scare involving spine
SAN ANTONIO | Spurs point guard T.J. Ford abruptly retired Monday following the latest scare to his surgically repaired spine that once sideline him for an entire NBA season and hampered the dazzling promise that made him a college star.
Ford, 28, told reporters that lying motionless March 7 on the court against the New York Knicks wasn’t the first time it had happened, and that he decided to walk away while he still had a chance.
He was playing just his 14th game in an injury-prone season when Knicks guard Baron Davis elbowed him in the back, knocking him to the ground. Ford didn’t move for several minutes and wobbled while being helped off the court.
New Jersey Nets All-star point guard Deron Williams missed Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks with a strained right calf. Williams aggravated the calf injury in a win over Charlotte on Friday and sat out Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
Williams is averaging 22.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 8.1 assists. Jordan Farmar replaced him in the starting lineup for the second straight game.
Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao’s broken right wrist will not be re-examined by doctors until next week. Varejao has been out since Feb. 10, when he broke his wrist during a game against Milwaukee. The Cavs expected Varejao, one of the NBA’S top rebounders, to miss from four to six weeks and were initially optimistic he would return sooner.