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 Chris Ford

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Birth
Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
Death
17 Jan 2023 (aged 74)
Atlantic City, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
Burial
Mays Landing, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID
248647594 View Source

Professional Basketball Player, Coach. For ten-seasons (1972 to 1982), he played at the shooting guard position in the National Basketball Association with the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. Born Christopher Joseph Ford, he made his initial impression on the basketball court during his years at Holy Spirit High School in New Jersey. He enrolled at Villanova University and while with the Wildcats, he was a contributor to Villanova's reaching the NCAA Finals in 1971. Selected by the Detroit Pistons during the 2nd round of the 1972 NBA Draft, he totaled 794 career regular season games, as he compiled 7,314 points and 2,394 assists. Ford earned a place in NBA history when he became the first player to score a three-point shot on October 12, 1979. He experienced a world championship with the Boston Celtics in 1981. After retiring as a player, he began a lengthy coaching career initially as an assistant for K.C. Jones with the Boston Celtics and was on staff when they won the NBA Title in 1984 and 1986. In 1990, he succeeded Jimmy Rodgers as head coach of the Boston Celtics and remained in that capacity until 1995. After head coaching stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, he served as head coach at Brandeis University. He returned to the NBA to serve as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and served as interim head coach after Randy Ayers was fired in 2004. He later served as a scout with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Professional Basketball Player, Coach. For ten-seasons (1972 to 1982), he played at the shooting guard position in the National Basketball Association with the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. Born Christopher Joseph Ford, he made his initial impression on the basketball court during his years at Holy Spirit High School in New Jersey. He enrolled at Villanova University and while with the Wildcats, he was a contributor to Villanova's reaching the NCAA Finals in 1971. Selected by the Detroit Pistons during the 2nd round of the 1972 NBA Draft, he totaled 794 career regular season games, as he compiled 7,314 points and 2,394 assists. Ford earned a place in NBA history when he became the first player to score a three-point shot on October 12, 1979. He experienced a world championship with the Boston Celtics in 1981. After retiring as a player, he began a lengthy coaching career initially as an assistant for K.C. Jones with the Boston Celtics and was on staff when they won the NBA Title in 1984 and 1986. In 1990, he succeeded Jimmy Rodgers as head coach of the Boston Celtics and remained in that capacity until 1995. After head coaching stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, he served as head coach at Brandeis University. He returned to the NBA to serve as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers and served as interim head coach after Randy Ayers was fired in 2004. He later served as a scout with the Philadelphia 76ers.

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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 18 Jan 2023
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 248647594
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/248647594/chris-ford: accessed ), memorial page for Chris Ford (11 Jan 1949–17 Jan 2023), Find a Grave Memorial ID 248647594, citing Holy Cross Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum, Mays Landing, Atlantic County, New Jersey, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.