Montross retires after eight seasons

TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors center Eric Montross is retiring
because of a lingering foot injury, the team announced Tuesday.

Montross hasn't played since breaking a bone in his left foot
while stepping over a child safety gate at his home in the spring
of 2002.

"The injury that I have sustained cannot be addressed
satisfactorily to get me back onto the court," the 7-foot,
270-pound Montross said in a statement.

The 31-year-old Montross averaged 4.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in
eight NBA seasons.

Montross played with six teams in the NBA -- Boston, Dallas, New
Jersey, Philadelphia, Detroit and Toronto. He enjoyed a stellar
collegiate career at the North Carolina and helped the Tar Heels to
the NCAA title in his junior season.