Christopher Joseph Ford (January 11, 1949 – January 17, 2023) was an American professional basketball player and head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "the Mad Bomber", Ford played most of his NBA career with the Detroit Pistons, before finishing his playing career with the Boston Celtics. In the Celtics' season opener in 1979–80, he was credited with making the first official three-point shot in NBA history. He won an NBA championship with the Celtics in 1981.
|Born||January 11, 1949|
Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||January 17, 2023 74) (aged|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|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)|
|1999–2000||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 NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Between 1990 and 1995, Ford was the head coach of the Celtics, and proceeded to coach for three other NBA franchises for various stints until 2004.