Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Jim Ard

ABA Players-Jim ArdABA Players-Jim ArdJim Ard of the Boston Celtics in action against the Washington ...

Jim Ard? Who is Jim Ard you ask? He is best known as a role player and back up center for Dave Cowens with the Boston Celtics (1974-1977) I know many of the fans today think little of role players, but on every championship team some one other than the star or stars does the dirty work, hustle plays that goes unnoticed.


Ard sank two free throws which at the moment didn’t seem like much, as the lead grew to 128-122 but turned out to be the go-ahead free throws in game five of the 1976 NBA Finals, a triple-overtime affair between the Celtics and the Phoenix Suns.(128-126 Celtics victory) These free throws have been described as “the two most historic free throws in both Celtics and NBA history.” The Celtics went on to win that series for the 1976 NBA championship and a ring for Jim Ard, proving that role players matter.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Jim Ard

Career history
19701973 New York Nets
1973–1974 Memphis Tams
19741977 Boston Celtics
1977–1978 Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 1,909 (4.4 ppg)
Rebounds 1,832 (4.3 rpg)
Assists 278 (0.6 apg

Published by bklynboy59

Welcome to Smallthoughtsinasportsworld. We keep it fun and we keep interesting and informative. On Tuesdays we go back in time with Old School Tuesdays, on Thursdays we keep it fun by Smallthoughts Trivia Thursday and on Fridays is Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week and Smallthoughts:Rave of the Week and we also post the answer from Smallthoughts:Trivia Thursday. I am a lifelong New York Mets, Knicks and Jets and Giants fan. I root hard for my teams and have rooted for them even when it wasn't and in some cases still isn't easy. I enjoy talking sports, and on here I get to write about it as well. I have my thoughts hence Small thoughts, we will not always agree, but respectfully speak about what we feel. I invite your comments and feedback as well. You can also follow me on twitter @bklynboy59 and facebook Jerry bklynboy Small

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