Point guard T.J. Ford is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the San Antonio Spurs due to ongoing neck and spine issues. The 28-year-old is reportedly considering retirement.
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Ford has played just 14 games for the Spurs this season, and has managed to participate in just 227 out of a possible 377 games the past five seasons due to various injuries. This season, he has averaged just 3.6 points and 3.2 assists per contest.
At one time, Ford was considered one of the most promising young point guards in the game. In 2003-04 he was named NBA All-Rookie second team. His best professional season came in 2006-07 when he averaged 14 points and 7.9 assists per game. As just a sophomore at the University of Texas, he was named the Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year, and won the John R. Wooden Award at the age of 19.