January 25, 1992 |
If his comeback is to continue, oft-injured 76ers center Jeff Ruland will just have to find out where television's "Six Million Dollar Man" gets those bionic body parts. A grimacing Ruland played only three minutes in the Sixers' 119-86 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves last night in the Spectrum. He failed to score or to get a rebound before leaving the game with 1:16 remaining in the first quarter with what the team announced was a partial tear of his right Achilles' tendon.
January 7, 1992 |
In their latest attempt to spin straw into gold, the 76ers brought back center Jeff Ruland yesterday, five years after he limped away on a left knee that couldn't withstand the rigors of the NBA. Ruland, now 33, who signed a multiyear contract, will practice with the team today and play as soon as he is in competitive shape. The terms of the contract were not disclosed. The unlikely comeback was made possible by the surgery Ruland underwent this summer to create new "cartilage," in the form of scar tissue, in his knee.
November 9, 1986 |
On the day that Jeff Ruland was traded to the 76ers last June in a package deal, he was pronounced fit and ready to do battle with the big men of the NBA. An irrepressible smile stretched across his face, and his eyes gleamed with anticipation at the news conference in Philadelphia. He was a Sixer now. He was going places. Almost immediately, he was given a physical examination by Sixers doctors and given a clean bill of health. However, amid all the optimism exuded by Ruland and the Sixers' front office, there were thorny questions being asked by others: Was Ruland really fit to deal with the rigors of an 82-game schedule?
November 12, 2012 |
Jeff Ruland says he doesn't know Andrew Bynum, but he understands why so many want to talk to him about the 76ers center. Currently the head men's basketball coach at Division II University of the District of Columbia, the 6-foot-10 Ruland saw his promising NBA career cut short by a knee injury. Bynum hasn't played yet since being dealt in the four-team blockbuster this summer. He has had chronic knee problems and suffered a bone bruise on his right knee during an offseason workout.
June 6, 1993 |
The Sixers will hire former center Jeff Ruland as an assistant coach for the coming season, according to a source close to the team. Ruland, 34, who played two separate stints with the Sixers in an eight-year career that was cut short by injury, slipped into retirement last season after a short-lived comeback with the Detroit Pistons. "We have an assistant coach opening that we're going to address when we get back from (this week's NBA pre-draft camp in) Chicago, but we're not ready to make any announcement about it," said general manager Jim Lynam.
May 17, 1995 |
First there was Chamberlain-Russell. Then there was Dr. J vs. Bird. Yesterday yet another rivalry in the long and bitter history of the Celtics- 76ers was born - Jeff Ruland vs. the ballboy. A jury in U.S. District Court began hearing evidence yesterday in the multimillion dollar civil damage suit that Ruland has filed against the Boston Celtics. Ruland alleges in the suit that he sustained a career-ending injury when Celtic ballboys pushed a loaded baggage cart into his leg in 1992.
August 23, 2008 |
It's a week for reunions. Two days after the 76ers announced the signing of center Theo Ratliff, a former Sixer, they announced that Jeff Ruland, also a former Sixer, had been hired as an assistant coach. Ruland, 49, replaces Henry Bibby, who had been on staff since the end of the 2005-06 season. Ruland, a former center, will work with the post players. "That I am able to add a coach with the experience and credentials of Jeff Ruland to my staff is exciting," head coach Maurice Cheeks said.
July 14, 1993 |
Jeff Ruland has already caught a glimpse of the 76ers' future. That's what the Sixers' assistant coach saw through the first two days of helping tutor first-round draft choice Shawn Bradley, working against the 7-6 center in low post drills. "Next time I'm going to wear a hockey mask," the 6-10 Ruland, a former NBA center, said. "He got me a few times with elbows. " Bradley, the No. 2 pick in the June 30 NBA draft, arrived in town late Sunday night to begin training with the Sixers' coaches and with trainer Mike Abdenour and strength and conditioning consultant Pat Croce.
June 19, 1993 |
Jeff Ruland will carry a clipboard, operate a film projector and explain things on a blackboard. In the newest phase of his basketball life, he will walk it, talk it and chalk it. That's one of the favorite expressions of new 76ers coach Fred Carter, who yesterday added Ruland, the 6-11 former NBA center, to his staff. Ruland, 34, who retired as a player after appearing in 11 games with the Detroit Pistons last season, will be on the bench with assistant Tony DiLeo for home games, will work with the Sixers' big men and will assume many of DiLeo's former duties as a scout.
June 7, 1993 |
The 76ers are on the verge of hiring former center Jeff Ruland as an assistant coach. "He's the guy I have in mind," coach Fred Carter said. General manager Jim Lynam said, "No one has been hired yet," and that nothing would happen until sometime after the NBA's predraft camp in Chicago this week. Both Carter and Lynam intend to watch a variety of college seniors, early entries in the draft and selected Continental Basketball Association players in the games that begin Wednesday at Moody Bible Institute.