Chris Ford, who had been considered the leading candidate to become head coach of the Boston Celtics, was promoted to the job Tuesday.
Ford, 41, succeeds Jimmy Rodgers and becomes the 11th coach in the Celtics’ history.
Boston had a 52-30 record before losing to the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, after winning the first two games of the best-of-five series. Rodgers was fired two days later.
Ford, who played 10 seasons with the Celtics and the Detroit Pistons, had been an assistant to Rodgers.