Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 2:00 pm  |  37 responses

Spurs Guard TJ Ford Retires

Earlier this afternoon, TJ Ford took to Twitter to officially announce his retirement. “Thanks to all my fans who follow my career since a kid from all over the world. Basketball has been great to me & my family for 28yrs,” Ford said. “It’s official “I Retire from the NBA” as of today.”

Jeff McDonald has the full story: “It wasn’t until Wednesday night, when he found himself face down on the AT&T Center court after taking an otherwise non-descript blow to his upper back, that Ford finally saw the rest of his life clearly for the first time. It was then he decided it was time to walk away, while he still could walk at all. ‘That’s not the first time I’ve laid down on the court and not been able to move at my will,’ Ford, 28, said Monday morning, announcing his retirement after Spurs shootaround. ‘I thought I needed to get out while I still had a chance.’ Diagnosed as a teenager with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column, Ford always knew he was playing on borrowed time.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    well, he gave it a shot, but the times when you saw the footage of him laying there motionless on the court, everytime you’d think: “Is it worth it?” Ford made the right decision here. Whatever he chooses to do, all the best to him.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Dang, well good thing he was smart enough to hang it up.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    One of the fastest players in the league when he was in his first few years. Sad day. He was a solid player. Too bad these injuries happened to him, but like he said himself, we was on borrowed time with his spine shortening. Good luck with everything TJ. Im going to miss you

  • jr724

    Sad to hear, but I’m glad he left before a worse injury happened. Had a solid career considering what he’s had to deal with.

  • MookieBlaylock

    Loved him on the raptors. Glad to see him walk away while he still can, foreal. I’d rather read this article about him if you know what I mean. Loved him on the raptors, best of luck to you TJ.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    This is unfortunate, my thoughts are with J. He would have been one hell of a pg if it weren’t for his back

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  • Mike Mihalow

    That’s a damn shame. He was playing so well too. I’d like to offer a big “fuck you” to Baron Davis, for the cheap shot to the spine that ended Ford’s career. Baron, you seriously are a washed-up, piece of shit.

  • cheesewiz

    my favourite player back when he was on the raps, dude was so clutch .. i remember at one point he had a streak of 2 or 3 game winning shots. hope all the best for him

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher



    thanks for the raptors highlights Ford. good times

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    He’s actually doing great for the Spurs backing up Parker. I still remember that 360 layup he did during a game in his rookie year in Milwaukee. Respect indeed.

  • bull22

    Loved dis ni99a since he was with tha Longhorns *salute* what happen to my otha fav college playa Dee Williams??? played for Illionis w Deron Williams, thought he was gon be tha TRUFF…

  • bull22

    Dee Brown- my fault

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Built Ford tough.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He is 5’9 can’t shoot or defend. That’s what happened.

  • Mariano

    He was playing so well before his first injury… I hope he comes back one day… Same thing with B-Roy

  • timbo slice

    tj was always a respectable player, it sucks hes gone but im hoping that some good will come of it for my man cory joseph

  • http://nba.com Moj

    Whoever blamed this on BDiddy up there, you’re an idiot. This was due to an accumulation of injuries and a condition that’s beyond anyones control. Its basketball, its going to get physical. I still remember that one injury he had as a Raptor against the Hawks- it was horrifying the way he landed. It was like he went unconscious mid-flight. All the best, TJ!

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Tough to leave a game you love. TJ was incredible at the start of his career. I wish him the best.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    thank you moj. Really weird to call out Baron Davis. Might as well call out Mark Madsen too then, right? Come on now ‘Mike Mihalow’, don’t wanna offend you or anything, but I hope you read back on your comment and think: “yeah, that didn’t make sense at all”

  • http://www.dime.com showtime

    Tj was incredible talent in high school.. if u from the south you knew about t.j. and willowridge squad he lead undefeated #1 team in the nation. & was the best pg of college…player of the year and all. To bad injuries and a condition rob him what could been.. but still a decent pro.salute …

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    In a sense this is a real shame, but he got a lot out of the game even with his condition. He was great on the Raps. Still remember the Horford hit . . . good for him for getting out while he still could.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    messed up, wish him the best.

  • ClydeSays

    I remember when he was coming into the draft, some writer remarked that he was so small & fragile looking (supposedly smaller than his listed 6′, 165), he didn’t think he’d hold up in the NBA. I guess you could say TJ battled & proved him wrong to a degree. He was really tearing it up with the Bucks for a minute. I wish him well…

  • onions baby onions

    I remember when Deron was second fiddle to Dee..and of course, congrats on the career to TJ, always made the most of what he was given

  • MKP

    28 years of basketball? Does anyone have footage of TJ Ford playing ball when he was a fetus?

  • trueballer

    best luck Tj ford u were nice on the raptors those few short years you were with toronto, young nba career cut short thats sad.., but health is always better than wealth.. you can do so many other things related to basket ball..

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Goodluck TJ.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Respect. Great speed, great hops, and a fierce competitor. Best of luck!

  • pacmac

    Damn say it ain’t so! Good looking out T.J., I remember the braids at U.T. days led them all the way to the champs “cuse”.

  • RunNGun

    ‘Bout time… Whenever I saw TJ, dude was on the injured list due to concussions. Good luck TJ. Don’t ever look back.

  • http://www.thesmashbrtohas.com zen garden

    big ups

  • http://hoopshirts.com hoop shirts

    I like when a player leaves on his own terms, rather than holding on to something that just isn’t there anymore. This dude was such a beast at Texas, and it’s too bad his NBA career didn’t turn out better. But he was a solid backup who had his moments.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq0hMrfg7qg&feature=related MeloMan15

    got a lot of hate during his raptors years… but I loved his heart and passion. One of my favorite players to root for back then…. and had some amazing moments… Click my name to see the best one

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq0hMrfg7qg&feature=related MeloMan15

    Sam Mitchell loved him too lol

  • kswag12

    Its a sad day…Im from Houston class of 04 and coming up alot boys wanted to be like TJ. Have 2 state titles and go play for UT, and then the Pros.My first Varsity playoff game as a freshman was against that Wiillowridge(2nd ranked nation) squad with Daniel Ewing(DUKE).Even when he came back in downtown pro am he would always give good advice on and off the court. Just a good dude.Wish him a blessed future.