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Friday And-1 links: Is Andrew Bynum the new Jeff Ruland?

Mar 8, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

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Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• A lot of our younger readers read the headline of this story and said “who?” Back in the 1980s Jeff Ruland was a bruising center and a two-time All-Star who averaged a double-double — until the Sixers traded for him in 1986 (sending Moses Malone out). Then Ruland got injured, played just 18 games in two years and never had an impact on the Sixers. Sound familiar?

Ruland told he hopes it is not, that he is betting on Bynum to make it back.

• Through everything, Dwight Howard has remained positive. And it’s working.

• Speaking of Lakers who believe, Metta World Peace remains convinced that he’s getting a ring this year.

• The Lakers have to catch someone to make the playoffs. Did Daryl Morey’s smart long-term play at the deadline hurt the Rockets this year?

• Speaking of the Rockets deadline acquisition, here is a Q&A with Thomas Robinson.

Kyrie Irving just buys new underwear for every road trip then throws it out when he’s done.

Jermaine O’Neal could be back with the suns on Monday.

At what point will there be a backlash against how money drives sports?

DeMarcus Cousins has had a very strange season.

Looking at the minds of the NBA’s best players. Cousins isn’t there yet.

• Big Baby Glen Davis has gone vegan.

• Talking about how Rudy Gay and the Toronto Raptors have to learn how to win.

• And we’ll end like we began, with a Sixers note — a Q&A with Evan Turner.


  1. fukpittsburgh - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I’ve heard of Jeff Ruland, but who the hell is Andrew Bynum?

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    What a sad turn of events for a 76ers organization that has been hovering between mediocrity and downright disgraceful play for quite some time now. After this season, the Sixers will have to decide whether or not they want to give Bynum a dump truck full of money and lock him up for the future….and I just don’t see that happening. The best Philly can hope for is a sign-and-trade, and I hope they can pair Bynum with Evan Turner and possibly a draft pick for a player or 2 that can come in and make the 76ers relevant again. My Sixers have been a borderline playoff team almost every year, to the point where they never make a splash in the playoffs, and they never get a good draft pick either. The last time we were in a favorable position in the draft with a #2 lottery pick…we got a very mediocre Evan Turner. The top-5 of that draft consisted of John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson, and Demarcus Cousins…none of which have played at an Allstar level to this point of their careers. Later in the draft, very talented young players Ike Greg Monroe, Paul George, Eric Bledsoe, Larry Sanders, Greivis Vasquez, and Landry Fields were selected and have had much more success than the lackluster top-5. Even if they don’t own a top-5 pick, the 76ers have to do a better job of drafting payers that can anchor the team for years to come…specifically a talented big man, something we’ve lacked for years.

  3. drewzducks - Mar 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Maybe I hallucinated this in the 80’s but didn’t Ruland’s career end after he was injured by some employee at the Boston Garden who was moving stuff around in the bowels of the arena ? Think he may have ended up suing them.

  4. deavn - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Andrew is the old Greg Oden and the new Ru Paul.

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