|Born||January 11, 1949|
Atlantic City, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Holy Spirit (Absecon, New Jersey)|
|NBA draft||1972 / Round: 2 / Pick: 17th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|1983-1990||Boston Celtics (assistant)|
|1998-2000||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2003-2004||Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)|
|2004||Philadelphia 76ers (interim)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As head coach:
As assistant coach:
|Points||7,314 (9.2 ppg)|
|Assists||2,719 (3.4 apg)|
|Steals||1,152 (1.6 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Christopher Joseph Ford (born January 11, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player and head coach. He is known for making the first counted three-point shot in October 1979. A 6-foot-5 (1.96 m) guard, he played high school basketball at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, New Jersey, before continuing on to Villanova University.
He played 10 seasons (1972-1982) in the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. Ford is credited with scoring the NBA's first three-point shot for the Boston Celtics on October 12, 1979, in a game against the Houston Rockets at Boston Garden, which was also the debut game of Indiana State sensation Larry Bird. After winning a championship with the Boston Celtics, he ended his playing career in 1982 with 7,314 total points.
Ford later served as a head coach for the Celtics (1990-95), the Milwaukee Bucks (1996-98), the Los Angeles Clippers (1998-2000), and the Philadelphia 76ers (2003-04). He coached the Eastern All-Stars in the 1991 NBA All-Star game. He also served as an assistant with the Celtics and Sixers.
In addition to coaching at the professional level, Ford spent two seasons (2001-2003) as head basketball coach at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Mass.
Ford later became a scout for the 76ers. He was also formerly a coaching consultant for the New York Knicks. Ford was at one point considered for the Knicks coaching job in the Summer of 1995 before they decided on Don Nelson.
|Boston||1990-91||82||56||26||.683||1st in Atlantic||11||5||6||.455||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|Boston||1991-92||82||51||31||.622||1st in Atlantic||10||6||4||.600||Lost in Conf. Semifinals|
|Boston||1992-93||82||48||34||.585||2nd in Atlantic||4||1||3||.350||Lost in First Round|
|Boston||1993-94||82||32||50||.390||5th in Atlantic||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Boston||1994-95||82||35||47||.427||3rd in Atlantic||4||1||3||.350||Lost in First Round|
|Milwaukee||1996-97||82||33||49||.402||7th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Milwaukee||1997-98||82||36||46||.439||7th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|L.A. Clippers||1998-99||50||9||41||.180||7th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Philadelphia||2003-04||30||12||18||.400||5th in Atlantic||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|