Wednesday, December 12, 2007

NBA point guard Ford suffers scary injury.

The following video features NBA point guard T.J. Ford, which includes footage of an injury he suffered in a game on February 24, 2004.

While a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, Ford collided with the Mark Madsen of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ford suffered a spinal injury as a result of that collision and subsequently was out of basketball for 20 months.

Last evening I immediately recalled that horrific collision because Ford, now a member of the Toronto Raptors, was taken off the court on a stretcher due to what appears to be a frighteningly similar incident.

Ford, who missed the 2004-05 season with Milwaukee following neck surgery, stole the ball and was headed toward a breakaway basket when Atlanta rookie Al Horford hit his face with his hand. Ford landed hard on his back, his head bouncing off the floor.

Given the severity of the previous injury, I was relieved to hear Ford didn’t appear to sustain any paralysis.

Raptors spokesman Jim LaBumbard confirmed Ford "had feeling in his upper and lower extremities when he was taken off the floor."

Ford has a web site which I’m sure will give updates on his condition.


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