Spurs’ Ford re­tires af­ter lat­est scare in­volv­ing spine

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

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.

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