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Longtime NBA Player, Coach Has Died At 74

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Chris Ford, a former NBA player and coach, has passed away this week. He was 74 years old. 

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Ford started his NBA career as a second-round pick for the Pistons. After spending several years in the Motor City, he was traded to the Celtics. 

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Arguably the greatest achievement of Ford's career was being a part of the 1981 championship team. That roster featured Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.

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During his 10-year career on the hardwood, Ford averaged 9.2 points, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. 

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In 1983, Ford made the transition from player to coach. He won two additional titles with the Celtics as an assistant. 

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Eventually, the Celtics made Ford their head coach. They won Atlantic Division titles in 1991 and 1992 under his leadership. 

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Ford also coached the Bucks, Clippers and 76ers before calling it a career. Overall, he had a 323-376 record.Our thoughts are with Ford's family and friends.