Chris ford The former head coach of the Boston Celtics passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74.
After seven seasons as an assistant coach with Boston and two NBA championships, Ford took the reins from 1990 to 1995, guiding the Celtics to four seasons of playoffs,
As a guard, Ford played 10 seasons with the Pistons (1972–78) and Celtics (1978–82), with his 1.98. He hit the first three-point shot in NBA history on October 12, 1979, and won the NBA title in 1981 with Boston.
The Celtics and his family announced his passing on Wednesday. “The Ford family is saddened to announce the passing of Chris on January 17, 2023. Chris was loved by his family, friends and teammates. He was deeply loved by his family, the city of Boston, the fans, and the entire Celtics family. He always showed humility and respect for all who were lucky enough to be a part of his life.”,
Affectionately known as ‘Doc’ by his teammates, Ford averaged 9.2 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 794 career games. He compiled a 323–376 record as manager of the Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks (1996–98), Los Angeles Clippers (1998–2000) and Philadelphia 76ers (2003–04).
Born in Atlantic City, Ford was a star High School at Holy Spirit before playing college basketball with Villanova from 1969 to 1972. His Wildcats lost to UCLA in the NCAA National Championship game. The Pistons selected him in the second round (17th overall) of the 1972 draft. The NBA instituted the three-point line for the 1979–80 season. Ford made his historic 3-pointer (on his only attempt) in Boston’s 114–107 season-opening victory against the Houston Rockets.