Originally written November 20, 2011 on Celtics Life:
Today in What the Hell Happened To, we go back to the 1970s and remember Dave Cowens' backup on the 1976 title team, Jim Ard. Jim attended Thornton Township High School in  Harvey, IL before going to play his college basketball at the University of Cincinnati.  He'd be drafted by the Sonics in he 1970 draft with he 6th overall pick, but began his playing career in the ABA with the New York Nets.  After 3 seasons with the Nets and one with the Memphis Tams (also part of the ABA) he'd sign with the Celtics in October of 1974. He'd play 3 seasons with the Celtics, winning a title in 1976.  That season was also the most games Jim would appear in any season with any team (81 games).  During his playing career Jim mentioned Dan Issel and Bob Lanier as being the two toughest players he went up against. I was only able to see Ard play one game, his appearance in the classic 1976 triple overtime game (also featuring Steve Kuberski, Kevin Stacom, and Dennis Awtrey).  He...
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