Originally created 04/08/04

Ford to miss rest of season, playoffs

MILWAUKEE -- Rookie point guard T.J. Ford will miss the rest of the regular season and the playoffs for the Milwaukee Bucks with a bruised spinal cord.

Ford hasn't played since getting hurt on Feb. 24, when he landed on his tailbone during the fourth quarter of a game against Minnesota at the Bradley Center.

"T.J.'s bruise hasn't healed as quickly as we had hoped," general manager Larry Harris said. "At this point, he would not have adequate practice time to return to playing condition, so the decision was made not to activate him for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs."

Harris said Ford is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp in October.

"He will be involved in our playoff preparation and accompany the team on the road to maximize his playoff experience, despite not being able to play," Harris said.

Ford was the eighth overall selection in last summer's draft out of the University of Texas and averaged 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists while sharing point guard duties with Damon Jones.

When he was hurt, he was leading all rookies in assists and ranked ninth in the NBA in assists.


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