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January 25, 1992 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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January 7, 1992 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 9, 1986 | By Mike Bruton, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
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November 12, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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June 6, 1993 | By Bob Ford, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 17, 1995 | By Milt Gun, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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August 23, 2008 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 14, 1993 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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June 19, 1993 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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June 7, 1993 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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December 24, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
I am looking for Andrei Kirilenko, but he is hard to find. This should not be the case because Kirilenko is a 6-foot-9 Russian. He should either be on a basketball court or in a James Bond movie. I have searched the basketball courts and movie theaters. No Kirilenko. The 76ers are not helping at all. They traded for Kirilenko this month and I see his smiling face on the roster page of their website. The blue and red of the team colors have been drawn onto the uniform top he is wearing in the photo.
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November 12, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 23, 2008 | By Kate Fagan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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July 10, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 76ers acquired a low-post bruiser with a shaky medical past in a major transaction yesterday. Sound familiar? While there is no indication that Elton Brand's surgically repaired Achilles tendon ever will be as sore a subject as Jeff Ruland's knee and feet, his $82 million signing yesterday stirred up memories of the infamous draft-day deal that brought Ruland to Philadelphia 22 years ago. Ruland played only five games with the 76ers that...
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December 28, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Courtney Fields scored 18 points and Iona beat No. 22 North Carolina, 65-56, last night in the opening round of the Holiday Festival in New York, the Gaels' first win over a ranked team in almost 23 years. The last time it happened also was at Madison Square Garden, on Feb. 21, 1980, when current Iona coach Jeff Ruland led the Gaels to a 77-60 victory over No. 2 Louisville. Iona (5-3) snapped a three-game losing streak by taking advantage of the Tar Heels (7-3), who were shorthanded, and handling their run at the start of the second half.
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March 14, 2000 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When a strapping Long Islander named Jeff Ruland was being recruited by college basketball superpowers such as Kentucky and Indiana, he kept coming back to something that the coach of Iona, a small Catholic college north of New York, told him. " 'Come dare to dream,' " Ruland recalled that coach, Jim Valvano, telling him. Ruland took Valvano's advice to heart and signed with Iona in 1977. He has continued to follow that philosophy during an NBA career that featured two stints with the 76ers, while getting his college degree, and on to this week in leading the Gaels into the NCAA tournament.
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December 24, 1998 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
So, Jeff Ruland, how's your initial season as the head coach of your alma mater, Iona College, proceeding? Better grab a Snickers. This could take a while. Through nine games: The reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year, senior center Kashif Hameed, has been "up and down at best. " Maybe the "second-best" player in the MAAC, junior forward Tariq Kirksay, is averaging five fewer points per game than last season, as he continues to recover from a broken hand.
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May 26, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
Jeff Ruland lost his lawsuit yesterday in which he contended his career was shortened because a Boston Celtics ballboy accidentally pushed a ball cart into his leg. The federal jury in Boston deliberated about six hours before finding for the club in the suit filed by Ruland, a center for the Sixers at the time of the mishap Jan. 17, 1992. Ruland, who spent most of his career with the Washington Bullets, claimed he lost $3.8 million in potential wages because of the incident in which the cart was pushed into the back of his right leg. The jury began hearing the case May 16. Ruland sued the Celtics for compensation for missed games, mental anguish and attorney's fees.
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May 17, 1995 | Daily News Wire Services
A federal jury in Boston yesterday began hearing the case of former NBA player Jeff Ruland, who claims his basketball career ended when a Boston Celtics ballboy accidentally crashed a ball cart into his leg. Ruland, who was playing for the 76ers at the time in 1992, is suing the Celtics for compensation for missed games, mental anguish and attorney's fees. A contract he signed with the 76ers in January 1992 would have paid him $10,000 a game. An attorney for the Celtics' insurance company told jurors it was a degenerated Achilles' tendon that ended Ruland's career.
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May 17, 1995 | By Milt Gun, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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