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Encyclopedia > Phil Ford
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Gold 1976 Montreal United States

Phil Jackson Ford (born February 9, 1956 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina) is a former professional player in the National Basketball Association. He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 1974. Basketball has been played consistently on the Summer Olympics since 1936, with a demonstration event in 1904. ... The 1976 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad, were held in 1976 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Location of Rocky Mount within North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States U.S. state North Carolina County(s) Edgecombe, Nash Founded Circa March 22, 1816 Incorporated February 28, 1867 Mayor Frederick E. Turnage Area    - City 92. ... NBA redirects here. ...

Ford played four years of basketball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After his sophomore season, Ford started for the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in 1976. While a senior, he averaged 20.8 points a game during that 1977-78 season. He is Carolina' all-time leading scorer with 2,290 points. A consensus All-American in 1976, 1977, and 1978, he was named college player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 1978, when he also won the Eastman, USBWA College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Awards. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... USBWA College Player of the Year was started in 1959. ... The John R. Wooden Award is an award given annually to the most outstanding mens and womens college basketball players. ...

Ford was the National Basketball Association Rookie of the Year with the Kansas City Kings in 1979. He retired in 1985. In 482 NBA games, Ford scored 5,594 points, an 11.6 average, and had 3,083 assists, an average of 6.4 per game. In 1988 he returned to North Carolina as an assistant coach, a job he held through the 1999-2000 season. NBA redirects here. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-1953 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... The Sacramento Kings are a National Basketball Association team based in Sacramento, California. ... The 1978-79 NBA Season was the 33rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Assistant to a coach. ...

While he was an assistant coach Ford was arrested twice for DUI in a three year period. [1] Ford and the rest of Bill Guthridge's coaching staff were let go in 2000, when Matt Doherty took over as head coach with his own coaching staff. [2] Bill Guthridge (born July 27, 1937) is an American basketball coach who gained notoriety for succeeding Dean Smith as head basketball coach at the University of North Carolina in 1997. ... Matt Doherty (born February 25, 1962) is a college basketball coach. ...

Ford was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May 1991. Phil Ford currently works for the Educational Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the University of North Carolina athletic department. As of 2006, Ford is an assistant coach to Isiah Thomas for the New York Knicks. The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame was established in February 1963, with the support of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, to honor those persons who by excellence of their activities in or connected with the world of sports have brought recognition and esteem to themselves and to the State... Isiah Lord Thomas III (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA, and is currently the head coach and president of basketball operations for the NBAs New York Knicks. ... The New York Knicks, short for Knickerbockers, are a professional basketball team based in New York City. ...


  • On possible consideration for NC state job

He is Carolina' all-time leading scorer with 2,290 points and was a first team All American in 1976, 1977, and 1978.


  1. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=88596
  2. ^ http://espn.go.com/ncb/columns/katz_andy/1539188.html

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Preceded by
Marques Johnson
John R. Wooden Award (men)
Succeeded by
Larry Bird
Preceded by
John Lucas
ACC Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Renaldo Nehemiah



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