“Made the First 3-Pointer”: NBA World Mourns the Heartbreaking Loss of the 74 Year Old NBA Veteran

Published 01/19/2023, 10:50 AM EST

A name that has been attached to the game of basketball for many years and notably with the Boston Celtics, Chris Ford, passed away at the age of 74. Ford was one of those personalities who won a championship both as a player and assistant coach with the same organization. The NBA world joined in to pay homage to the veteran on social media.

The 74-year-old veteran’s family announced the news of his death on Wednesday. However, they mentioned that the veteran died a day prior to the announcement. Ford’s family said in a statement shared through the NBA website, “The Ford family is sad to announce the passing of Chris on January 17, 2023. Chris was beloved by his family, friends, and teammates. He had a great love for his family, the city of Boston, the fans, and the entire Celtics family. He always showed humility and respect for all those that were fortunate enough to be a part of his life.” 

NBA fans paid homage to Chris Ford

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Meanwhile, soon after getting to know about Ford’s demise, the fans took to Twitter and paid homage to the 74-year-old. As most of the fans paid homage to the 6’5 veteran, a few of them pointed out that he was the first to score a 3-pointer in NBA history. Apart from that, some of the users shared their stories of meeting the former Celtics star.

Here are some of the reactions of the NBA fan:

The career of Chris Ford in the NBA

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Ford started his career in the league with the Detroit Pistons in 1972 and eventually moved to the Boston Celtics after spending six seasons in Detroit. His stint in Boston was shorter than Detroit but in that period of time, he got his hands on the coveted trophy. Ford’s career as a player lasted for only 10 years. However, in that 10 years, the veteran managed to average around 9.2 points, three rebounds, and 3.4 assists.

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Thereafter, the veteran left the Celtics in 1982 and joined them a year later as the assistant coach. During his tenure as an assistant coach, the Celtics won the championship twice. As the years went by, the former Celtics star became the head coach of the Celtics. His coaching career ended in 2004 after managing the Philadelphia 76ers as an interim coach.

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Ayush Roy

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Ayush Roy is an NBA writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Calcutta. Capitalizing his background in finance, Ayush likes to dive deep into the economics of the NBA.

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