Ford now pain-free but not ready to return

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

Raptors point guard T.J. Ford said yesterday that he is pain-free and will return to action sometime this season, adding that he will sit down with team officials within the next week or two to discuss his eventual return.

Ford, who suffered an arm stinger after falling during a game on Dec.11 in Atlanta, told The Fan 590 yesterday that retirement had crossed his mind after his latest scare in Atlanta.

"I can honestly say, yeah, it definitely comes across your mind," he said. "Especially as soon as it happens, when you are laying on the ground. It all plays the part when you are not able to move or get up on your own.

"At the beginning you wonder if you could play again, if you should play again," added Ford, who is in Toronto but has yet to practise since his fall on Dec.11. "It depends on how quick your body can recover, what the doctors say and what you feel in your heart."

GM Bryan Colangelo told the Sun on Wednesday that the Raps will pursue more opinions on Ford's condition, known as spinal stenosis. Ford sat out the entire 2004-05 season after undergoing neck surgery.


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