Former Celtics coach replaces Ford

Updated: April 20, 2004, 11:16 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers hired Jim O'Brien as coach Tuesday, handing the former Boston Celtics coach a team that could be on the verge of a major rebuilding project.

O'Brien replaces Chris Ford, who was promoted from assistant on an interim basis after Randy Ayers was fired on Feb. 10. O'Brien will be introduced as Philadelphia's 20th head coach at a 3 p.m. news conference Wednesday.

O'Brien stepped down as coach of the Celtics on Jan. 27 after clashing with Danny ...

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