The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday that centre Eric Montross has retired on account of a stress reaction to a micro fracture in the talus bone in his left foot. Montross missed the entire 2002-03 season with the injury.

?I am disappointed to announce that I will not be playing anymore,? said Montross. ?The injury that I have sustained cannot be addressed satisfactorily to get me back onto the court.

?My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Toronto and our interaction with the fans and the City.?

Montross suffered the injury off-the-court and missed the final four games of the 2001-02 regular season and all five playoff contests. His last game was April 10, 2002 against the Indiana Pacers in his hometown of Indianapolis. He was acquired by the Raptors on February 22, 2001 in a six-player deal with Detroit. He averaged 2.1 points and 2.7 rebounds in 61 games with Toronto.

Montross, 7-foot, 270 pounds, averaged 4.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 465 career regular-season games. He also appeared in 16 postseason contests. His most productive statistical season came in his rookie campaign when he averaged career highs of 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in a career-best 78 appearances en route to NBA All-Rookie Second Team honours.