Ford speaks in Wilmington; will he coach again?

Today's Wilmington Morning Star provides two-story coverage of Phil Ford's appearance in Wilmington yesterday.

Ford gave a touching speech about his fight against alcohol addiction.

His 7-year-old son supported him by rounding up his favorite teddy bear and two items — Mr. Ford's No. 12 jersey and 1976 Olympic gold medal — symbolizing his father's accomplishments.

"He put the jersey and gold medal on the teddy bear and took it to school," Mr. Ford said, bowing his head as tears welled up in his eyes.

LINK: Bouncing back with some help

A second article in the paper discusses a potential return to coaching, addressing the recent news that Larry Brown's 76ers have been in touch with him about the vacant assistant coaching position in Philadelphia.

"It's a great opportunity," Ford said, "but is it the right opportunity for me at this time? I think for anyone to have a chance to coach with someone like Coach Brown, who's one of the best coaches in the NBA right now, would be a tremendous honor and a great learning experience. But there are some things I have to discuss with my family and Coach Smith ... and I haven't had a chance to do that yet."

LINK: Ex-UNC star Ford hopes to coach again

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