T.J. Ford retires from the NBA

San Antonio Spurs guard T.J. Ford has always had all the talent in the world. Unfortunately, he always struggled to stay healthy. After the team announced he’s out for the season after suffering numerous injuries, the former college great has decided to step away from the game he loves.

“While this was a tough decision to make, it is what is best for me and my family at this time,” said Ford in a release. “I have been blessed to play alongside wonderful teammates for great coaches and organizations from high school, to college, to the NBA. Regardless of what the future holds, I will carry the experiences, the friendships and the memories with me forever.”

Everyone, including Kobe Bryant, wishes Ford nothing but the best in his life after basketball.

TJ Ford, we hardly knew ye. Live long and prosper somewhere other than the court. #Spurs

— Melissa Martinez (@PadawanWriter) March 12, 2012

Sad to hear about TJ Ford's career coming to a close. Great college player. #nba

— Travis Yost (@TravisHeHateMe) March 12, 2012

Just heard about @tj_ford Great player, and even a better person. Good luck with whatever decision you make bro.

— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) March 12, 2012