BOSTON, May 17 -- The Boston Celtics fired head coach Chris Ford Wednesday one year after giving him a contract extension. Ford was dismissed during a meeting Wednesday with Celtics Director of Basketball Operations M.L. Carr.
Ford had two years remaining on a $1.6 million contract, the result of an extension given by Carr last summer. The Celtics were just 35-47 this season and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Orlando Magic. Ford coached the Celtics the last five seasons and Boston is 222-188 in that span. Boston is 13-16 in the playoffs under Ford. 'There comes a time in every coach's career, regardless of his effort or abilities, when he reaches a point of diminishing returns and both the coach and the team are best served by a chance for a fresh start,' Carr said. The Boston Herald reported that Ford had grown apart from upper management and the team was hoping that a job with another team would become available. The Detroit Pistons reportedly were interested in Ford before signing Doug Collins. Ford had openly disagreed with Carr over team philosophy. Carr, for example, wanted to run more but Ford said he did not have the players for that style of play.