Chris Ford, former Celtics coach and author of first triple in NBA history, dies

The NBA established the 3-point line within the 1979-80 season and Ford scored his historic triple in Boston’s 114-107 victory towards the Houston Rockets.

Chirs Ford, in his time on the Celtics bench.PA

Chris Fordformer Boston Celtics coach, has died on the age of 74. After seven seasons and two NBA championships as an assistant coach in Boston, Ford took the reins of the crew from 1990 to 1995 and I took it to 4 playoffs in 5 seasons.

As a capturing guard, Ford performed 10 seasons with the Detroit Pistons (1972-78) and Celtics (1978-82). He scored the primary triple in NBA historical past on October 12, 1979. and received an NBA title with Boston in 1981. The NBA launched the 3-point line within the 1979-80 season and Ford scored his historic triple in Boston’s 114-107 win towards the Houston Rockets.

The Celtics and the Ford household introduced his passing on Wednesday. “The Ford household is saddened to announce the passing of Chris on January 17, 2023. Chris was properly liked by his household, buddies, and teammates. He had an amazing love for his household, the town of Boston, the followers and your entire Celtics household. He at all times confirmed humility and respect for all those that had been fortunate sufficient to be part of his life.”

affectionately recognized What “Docby his teammatesFord averaged 9.2 factors, 3.4 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 794 profession video games.

His teaching report was 323-376 in the Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks (1996-98), Los Angeles Clippers (1998-2000) and Philadelphia 76ers (2003-04).

Born in Atlantic Metropolis, New Jersey, Ford was a star for the Absecon, New Jersey, Holy Spirit earlier than taking part in school basketball at Villanova from 1969-1972. His Wildcats misplaced to UCLA within the 1971 nationwide championship. they selected him within the second spherical (seventeenth within the normal classification) in 1972.