Spurs G TJ Ford says he is retiring

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- San Antonio Spurs guard T.J. Ford says he is retiring, effective immediately.

The 28-year-old Ford said Monday that he has suffered a series of neck and spine injuries during his eight-year NBA career. The most recent was a neck "stinger" on March 7 vs. New York.

Ford said he was contemplating retirement, then tweeted that he is indeed retiring "as of today."