Thursday , Jan , 03 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

TJ Ford Seeing Specialists

Raptors all-star forward Chris Bosh was saying yesterday how much the team misses point guard T.J. Ford, on the court and off.

"You’re always going to miss someone like T.J. He’s just a threat offensively and defensively because he’s so quick and he can get in the passing lane and everything," Bosh said following the team’s practice at the Air Canada Centre. "He’s definitely missed. He’s a locker room personality and not to have him on the road, you really notice it."

Bosh and his teammates better get used to Ford being away for a little while longer. While the diminutive guard, who has been out action since suffering another arm stinger on Dec.11 in Atlanta, was spotted at the ACC yesterday, general manager Bryan Colangelo confirmed that the club plans to pursue other professional opinions on the state of Ford’s injury. The Houston native suffers from a condition known as spinal stenosis, which sometimes results in a loss of feeling in his arms when he collides with something, as was the case on Dec.11.

Ford already has consulted with a pair of specialists in the U.S., Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles and Dr. Patrick O’Leary in New York, and Colangelo said that they plan to seek even more help, and get more opinions, although he couldn’t say yet as to when and from whom. [Click here for more from the Toronto Sun.]