He was sacked in May 1995 due to the team’s ongoing decline, which in truth had largely nothing to do with his coaching abilities.
“We had all that stuff going, there was talk of Chris getting fired [months ago], there was a lot going on among the players – it was tough,” says guard Dee Brown of Hartford Courant’s Michael Arace. “[Ford] finally got the effort he was looking for [in the playoffs]. The whole league is looking for him at the moment.”
Ford coached the Celtics for five seasons, averaging a 222-188 regular-season record and a 13-16 record in the playoffs, for win odds of .541 and .448, respectively.