Wednesday , Feb , 25 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks’ Ford leaves game on stretcher

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Milwaukee Bucks point guard T.J. Ford left
Tuesday’s game against Dallas on a stretcher after he fell to the ground late
in the fourth quarter during the 108-102 loss.

Ford, who fell hard after scoring and getting fouled by Minnesota forward Mark
Madsen with 4:34 left in the game, was taken to St. Luke’s Medical Center for
precautionary x-rays on his neck. The x-rays revealed only a neck sprain and
he will be kept overnight for further observation and will be listed as day-

Damon Jones, Ford’s teammate, said that the Texas product said he had no
feeling in any of his extremities while he lay motionless on the floor.
However, after the game Milwaukee personnel said Ford did regain feeling.

Ford was on the court for several minutes before he was put on a stretcher and
removed from the court.

Last spring, Ford had a similar injury after falling during a pickup
basketball game. While school officials at Texas refused to disclose the
injury, a witness said that Ford was slapped on the back of his neck and lay
motionless for several minutes.