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|Weight||240 lb (110 kg)|
|Born||December 16, 1958 |
Bay Shore, New York
Golden State Warriors
|Former teams||Washington Bullets|
Jeffrey Alan Ruland (born December 16, 1958 in Bay Shore, New York) is a retired American basketball player and current coach. The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International The pound or pound-mass (abbreviation lb, lbm, or sometimes in the United States #) is a unit of Mass Events 755 - An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Bay Shore is a hamlet (and Census-designated place) located in the town of Islip, County of Suffolk, New York The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Iona College is located in New Rochelle New York, 20 miles north of Manhattan in suburban Westchester County. The 1980 NBA Draft took place on June 10, 1980. It featured College and other players being selected for NBA teams The Golden State Warriors are an American professional Basketball team based in Oakland, California. Events 755 - An Lushan revolts against Chancellor Yang Guozhong at Fanyang, initiating the An Shi Rebellion Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Bay Shore is a hamlet (and Census-designated place) located in the town of Islip, County of Suffolk, New York The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m He is the former head coach of the Iona Gaels men's college basketball team and current head coach of the NBA Development League's Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Iona College is located in New Rochelle New York, 20 miles north of Manhattan in suburban Westchester County. College basketball most often refers to the American Basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA The NBA Development League, or D-League, is the National Basketball Association 's officially sponsored and operated developmental Basketball organization The Albuquerque Thunderbirds is the name of an NBA Development League minor league Basketball team based in Albuquerque New Mexico, United States
A 6'10", 240 lb center, Ruland went from Sachem High School in Suffolk County, New York, to Iona College on a basketball scholarship and played for coach Jim Valvano before Valvano left for North Carolina State University. The center, colloquially the five, is one of the standard positions in a regulation Basketball game Suffolk County is a county located in the US state of New York. James Thomas Anthony Valvano ( March 10 1946 – April 28 1993) nicknamed Jimmy V, was an American college Basketball North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Ruland was the big gun on the Gaels' 1979-1980 team that compiled a 29-5 record en route to a number 19 national ranking, the best in the school's history.
Ruland was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 1980 NBA Draft with the 25th overall pick. The Golden State Warriors are an American professional Basketball team based in Oakland, California. The 1980 NBA Draft took place on June 10, 1980. It featured College and other players being selected for NBA teams During the 1980-81 NBA season he instead opted to play professionally in Barcelona, Spain for a year before returning to the U.S. Prior to his rookie campaign, his draft rights were traded by the Warriors to the Washington Bullets, with whom he played for five seasons before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. The 1980–81 NBA season was the 35th season of the National Basketball Association. Barcelona ( Catalan bəɾsəˈlonə Spanish baɾθeˈlona is the capital and most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Catalonia Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short are a professional Basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania He retired from the game after five games with them in 1986 after a nagging knee injury.
Joining the Bullets for the 1981-82 NBA season, Ruland played behind 32-year-old Spencer Haywood but clearly outplayed the longtime star in the same number of minutes. The 1981–82 NBA Season was the 36th season of the National Basketball Association. Spencer Haywood (born April 22 1949, in Silver City Mississippi) is a retired American professional Basketball player Seeing time at both forward and center, Ruland showed muscle at both ends of the floor and an accurate jumpshot good from as far as 20 feet. A 56% shooter from the floor, Ruland rated among the NBA shooting leaders. His 14 points and nine rebounds a game off the bench signaled he was ready for more minutes. The Bullets made the second round of the playoffs before losing to the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics are an American professional Basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, playing in the Atlantic Division of the Ruland averaged 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
Ruland took over the starting power forward spot for the 1982-83 NBA season, and continued to back up at center for Washington. The 1982–83 NBA season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association. His 55% shooting and 11 rebounds per game put him among the NBA leaders in those stat categories. Leading coach Gene Shue's balanced team in scoring as well, Ruland earned a spot in the NBA All-Star Game that year. Eugene William "Gene" Shue (born December 18 1931 in Baltimore Maryland) is a retired American professional Basketball The National Basketball Association staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. With the same record as the year before, the Bullets did not make the playoffs this time.
In the 1983-84 NBA season, the tandem of Ruland and Bullet center Rick Mahorn came to be known as 'McFilthy and McNasty' for their physical play. The 1983–84 NBA season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. Derrick (Rick Allen Mahorn (born September 21, 1958 in Hartford Connecticut) is a former NBA Basketball player who at 6'10 played Ruland surged to 22 points and four assists per game. J. R. , as he was called, was third in the NBA in rebounds and fifth in shooting from the floor. The team returned to playoffs and again lost to Boston. Ruland averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 52% from the floor and 81% from the foul line against the eventual NBA champions. He was now rated a bona fide NBA star.
For the 1984-85 NBA season, the powerful Ruland was moved to center for the Bullets. The 1984–85 NBA season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. His stats dipped just slightly. He remained among the rebounding and shooting leaders, but suffered a broken bone in his foot and played just 37 games. Ruland played through the pain in the playoffs, but the Bullets lost to the Philadelphia 76ers to end a disappointing season. The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short are a professional Basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The brittle feet, though, like Bill Walton before him, were now a condition. His stats were still good for the 1985-86 NBA season, but he played just 30 games, usually in considerable pain. The 1985–86 NBA season was the 40th season of the National Basketball Association. In the playoffs, the Bullets opted to start towering Manute Bol at center. Manute Bol (born October 16, 1962) is a Sudanese born Basketball player and Activist. Ruland added 14 points and five assists per game off the bench. But the Bullets fell to Philadelphia again.
Traded to Philadelphia the following season, Ruland could hardly play at all.
The foot injuries ended a promising NBA career that could have included All-Pro selections or a championship. Robbed by injuries of much bigger stardom, Ruland remains one of the real stars of the 1980s NBA historically.
Five years later Ruland made a comeback with the Sixers, playing in 13 games during the 1991-92 NBA season before sustaining an apparently bizarre achilles injury involving a luggage cart which was allegedly slammed into his leg by a Boston Celtics employee outside Boston Garden. The 1991–92 NBA season was the 46th season of the National Basketball Association. The Achilles tendon (or occasionally Achilles’ tendon) also known as the calcaneal tendon or the tendocalcaneous, is a Tendon of the posterior Luggage is any number of Bags cases and containers which hold a Traveller s articles during transit. The Boston Garden was a famous Arena built in 1928 in Boston Massachusetts.  He managed to play an additional 11 games with the Detroit Pistons the following season before retiring for good in January 1993. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area
After his playing days, Ruland became an assistant coach under the Sixers' Fred Carter during the 1993-94 NBA season. Fredrick James Carter (born February 14, 1945 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania) is a former professional Basketball player and Head coach The 1993–94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. He then returned to coach at his former alma mater. Alma mater is Latin for "nourishing mother" It was used in Ancient Rome as a title for the mother Goddess, and in Medieval He was fired from Iona on March 21, 2007 after a 2-28 record for the 2006-2007 season. Yet during his tenure as head coach, he guided the Gaels to three 20-win seasons, three MAAC Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Recruiting and injuries were blamed for the team's abysmal record during his final season.
On July 16, 2007, Ruland was hired to replace Michael Cooper as the head coach of the NBA D-League's Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15 1956 in Los Angeles California) is currently the head coach of the WNBA 's Los Angeles Sparks.