Chris Ford, the first player to score a 3-pointer in the NBA, has died at the age of 74

Chris Ford, the first player to score a 3-pointer in the NBA, has died at the age of 74

BREAKING NEWS: Chris Ford, the first player to hit a 3-pointer in the NBA and a three-time league champion with the Boston Celtics, has died at the age of 74 after 10 seasons as a player and another decade as a head coach

  • Former NBA player and coach Chris Ford has died at the age of 74
  • He won three titles with Boston: two as a player and one as an assistant coach
  • Ford served as head coach for Boston, Philly, Milwaukee and the LA Clippers
  • He is credited with hitting the first 3-pointer in NBA history in 1979
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Chris Ford – the man credited with making the first NBA 3 pointer in league history – has died at the age of 74. The official cause of death is heart failure, according to the National Sportswriters Hall of Famer Dick Weiss.

“Chris was loved by his family, friends and teammates,” his family said in a statement. “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 who were fortunate enough to be a part of his life.”

Ford’s high-profile career included three titles with the Boston Celtics – two as a player and another as an assistant coach under KC Jones – and he also served as head coach for 10 NBA seasons.

Chris Ford – the man credited with scoring the first NBA 3 pointer in league history – has died at the age of 74. The New Jersey native played 10 NBA seasons and coached for another decade