Chris Ford Obituary, Death – Chris Ford’s career with the Boston Celtics stretched more than a decade, and over that time, he left an indelible impression on the team both as a player and as a coach. He played an important role on the Boston Celtics squad that won the NBA World Championship in 1981, and he later served as an assistant coach for the team that won the title in 1984 and 1986. In total, he was a member of three NBA World Championship winning teams with the Boston Celtics. After playing for the team, Ford went on to become its eleventh head coach, guiding former colleagues Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish to multiple postseason appearances in their final days together as a unit.
Doc, as his teammates fondly referred to him, was a very versatile all-around guard. He played a variety of positions on the court. In his first season with the Celtics, he was chosen Most Valuable Player, and he is widely known for being the player who is credited with scoring the first three-point basket in NBA history. Ford became a member of an exclusive club of Celtics’ personnel, joining the likes of Bill Russell, Tom Heinsohn, and K.C. Jones, who have received championship rings with the franchise in both their roles as a player and a coach. The members of the Boston Celtics organization would like to extend their most heartfelt condolences to the Ford family and all of their many friends.
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