Chris Ford

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Christopher Joseph Ford (born January 11, 1949 in Atlantic City , New Jersey ) is a retired American basketball player and coach. He played college basketball from 1968 to 1972 at Villanova University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and was then active for ten seasons as a professional in the NBA from 1972 to 1982 for the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics . During this time he became the 1981 NBA champion with the Celtics. During his subsequent coaching career, he served between 1990 and 2004 as head coach for the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks , the Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers . He hit the first three since the three-point throw was introduced on October 12, 1979.


Chris Ford was born in Atlantic City in 1949 and played for the college team at Villanova University from 1969 to 1972 , with whom he reached the final of the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship in 1971 . A year later he finished his studies with a degree in economics . He was later inducted into the University's Wildcats Hall of Fame , and his jersey number  42 is no longer awarded there.

In the second round of the 1972 NBA draft , he was selected in 17th position by the Detroit Pistons , for which he was active in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1972 to 1978 in a total of seven seasons . He then moved during the 1978/1979 season to the Boston Celtics , where he played from 1978 to 1982 and in 1981 was NBA champions with the team. During his time with the Celtics he succeeded on October 12, 1979 in a game against the Houston Rockets in the Boston Garden, the first successful three-point throw in NBA history, after the NBA had introduced the three-point line for the 1979/1980 season. As an NBA professional, he played 794 games in ten seasons and scored 7,314 points.

After the end of his playing career, he initially worked as an assistant coach at the Boston Celtics from 1983 to 1990, before serving as head coach from 1990 to 1995. He then took on the same position from 1996 to 1998 with the Milwaukee Bucks and from 1998 to 2000 with the Los Angeles Clippers . From 2001 to 2003 he was the head coach of the basketball team at Brandeis University , before returning to the NBA in 2003/2004 as an assistant coach and in 2004 as an interim coach for the Philadelphia 76ers . During his time as assistant coach with the Boston Celtics, he won the NBA championship twice with the team in 1984 and 1986 under head coach KC Jones . In 1991 he coached the East All-Stars in the NBA All-Star Game .

He later worked as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers and as a consultant for the New York Knicks .

Chris Ford is married and has four children.

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