Former NBA champion player and coach Chris Ford, who rose to prominence throughout his time with the Boston Celtics, has died at the age of 74, his household introduced.
According to the household, Ford died Tuesday. His household launched a press release that mirrored on Ford’s appreciation for the Celtics and the Boston neighborhood.
“Chris was cherished by his household, associates and teammates. He had a terrific love for his household, the metropolis of Boston, the followers and the total Celtics household,” the household assertion mentioned. “He all the time confirmed humility and respect for all these who had been lucky sufficient to be part of his life.”
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Ford performed for the Celtics from 1978-1982 and received a title with the staff in 1981.
“As a player and coach, Chris Ford’s profession spanned over a decade of Celtics basketball, and he made his mark each step of the means,” the staff mentioned in a press release. “‘Doc,’ as he was affectionately identified by his teammates, was a basically versatile all-around guard. … The Boston Celtics ship their deepest sympathies to the Ford household and their many associates.”
After Ford retired, he transitioned to teaching and labored as Boston’s assistant coach for seven seasons. He helped information the Celtics to championships in 1984 and 1986 throughout his time as an assistant coach below coach KC Jones.
In 1990, Ford was named the Celtics head coach, a place he held till 1995.
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Three different former Celtics gamers received championships as a player and a coach — Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn and Jones.
Ford performed faculty basketball at Villanova and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1972.
After six seasons, the Pistons traded Ford to Boston. He averaged a career-high 15.6 factors and 4.7 assists per recreation in his first season with the Celtics in 1978-79.
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Ford opened the following season on Oct. 12, 1979, by making the first 3-point shot in NBA historical past in a recreation towards the Houston Rockets.
He compiled a 222-188 document with 4 playoff appearances as Boston’s head coach, however his groups by no means superior past the convention finals.
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Ford had a pair of two-year head-coaching stints with the Milwaukee Bucks from 1996-98 and the Los Angeles Clippers from 1998-2000. He additionally served as an interim head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers throughout the 2003-04 season.
Ford’s reason for demise was not instantly identified.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.