Chris Ford, who made the first 3-pointer in NBA history, dies at 74. Check out his Cause of death and Net worth.
Chris Ford : Death | Cause of death | Net worth
Ford was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1972 NBA draft (2nd round, 17th overall pick). Ford established himself as a defensive oriented regular for Detroit, helping lead the team to four straight post-season berths (1974-1977).
His averages peaked in the tumultuous 1976-77 Detroit Pistons season with 12.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, and 7th in steals (179) in the NBA.
He averaged a career high with 15.6 ppg in the 1978-79 Boston Celtics season and was a member of the 1981 Boston Celtics championship team.
He retired after the 1981-82 Boston Celtics season, with 10-year career averages of 9.2 ppg, 3.4 apg, and 1.6 steals per game, remaining in the top 100 for his career in steals per game.
Chris Ford death
Chris Ford, a member of the Boston Celtics 1981 championship team, a longtime NBA coach and player has died, his family announced Wednesday in a statement. He was 74.
The family revealed the death through the Celtics. No official cause was given, but the statement said Ford died Tuesday.
Ford, who died Tuesday, was an Atlantic City legend, a Ducktown legend, scoring 33 points a game as a senior at Holy Spirit High, still the school’s all-time leading scorer.
A Big 5 player of the year at Villanova, Ford played all 40 minutes in the 1971 NCAA title game against UCLA. Also once he averaged more than 15 points a game for the Boston Celtics and won an NBA title with them.
Ford was front and center at a hinge point of basketball history. He made the first three-pointer in the history of the NBA.
He also coached the Celtics for five seasons, went on to coach Milwaukee, the Los Angeles Clippers, and 30 games as interim coach of the 2003-04 Sixers, where Ford famously didn’t go for Allen Iverson’s “practice?” routine.
The Press of Atlantic City reported he died in Philadelphia after suffering a heart attack earlier this month.
“Chris was beloved by his family, friends and teammates. But He had a great love for his family, the city of Boston, the fans and the entire Celtics family,” the family statement said. “He always showed humility and respect for all those that were fortunate enough to be a part of his life.”
Also Asked about Ford as a player and coach, former ‘Nova teammate Tom Ingelsby interjected, “Friend and grandfather.”
Chris Ford Cause of death
The family revealed the death through the Celtics on Wednesday.
No official cause was given, but the statement said Ford passed away on Tuesday.
The Press of Atlantic City reported he died in Philadelphia having suffered a heart attack earlier in the month.
Ford was estimated to be worth $1.4 million at the time of his death.
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