He played 10 seasons (1972–1982) in the NBA as a member of the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics. Ford is credited with scoring the NBA's first three-point shot for the Boston Celtics on October 12, 1979 in a game against the Houston Rockets at Boston Garden. After winning a championship with the Boston Celtics, he ended his playing career in 1982 with 7,314 total points.
Ford later served as a head coach for the Celtics (1990–95), the Milwaukee Bucks (1996–98), the Los Angeles Clippers (1998–2000), and the Philadelphia 76ers (2003–04). He coached the Eastern All-Stars in the 1991 NBA All-Star game. He also served as an assistant with the Celtics and Sixers.
In addition to coaching at the professional level, Ford spent two seasons (2001–2003) as head basketball coach at Brandeis University, a Division III school in Waltham, Mass.
Ford later became a scout for the 76ers. He is currently a coaching consultant for the New York Knicks.
^"Assistant Ford promoted to replace Ayers", ESPN.com, February 10, 2004. Accessed May 21, 2007. "A native of Atlantic City, N.J., Ford attended Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J., and went on to play at Villanova University from 1968-72, where he helped the Wildcats reach the 1971 NCAA championship game against UCLA."