December 15, 2008
The Boston Celtics became the seventh NBA team to make a coaching change before Christmas this season, deciding they had to re-fire Chris Ford despite him not coaching the Celtics since 1995.
As reported by J.E. Skeets, citing sources near and dear to his heart, Ford was informed of his re-dismissal Monday afternoon, just a day after falling asleep in front of the television watching NFL football.
Current Celtics head coach Doc Rivers will "replace" Ford on an interim basis, though Boston is believed to be intrigued with bringing in former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan.
The move definitely caught the Celtics by surprise.
"Didn't we fire Coach Ford some ten years ago?" Celtics captain Paul Pierce asked reporters.
President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said he met with Ford, describing the former Celts player as a "gentleman" and "class act," even if he was "a little confused."
"I felt we were not firing coaches the way the rest of the league was firing coaches," Ainge said. "I didn't feel that the guys on our bench were worried about their job security. Hopefully this move will change that."
In five seasons with Boston, ('90-'95), Ford was 222-188. He was the Eastern All-Star coach in 2001.
Ford is the seventh NBA coach to be fired this season. So far, the Oklahoma City Thunder (P.J. Carlesimo), Washington Wizards (Jordan), Toronto Raptors (Sam Mitchell), Minnesota Timberwolves (Randy Wittman), Philadelphia 76ers (Maurice Cheeks) and Sacramento Kings (Reggie Theus) have changed coaches.