Bob Cousy

  • American athlete
  • Born August 9, 1928

Robert Joseph Cousy (, born August 9, 1928) is an American retired professional basketball player. Cousy played point guard with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, and briefly with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969–70 season. Making his high school varsity squad as a junior, he went on to earn a scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross, where he led the Crusaders to berths in the 1948 NCAA Tournament and 1950 NCAA Tournament, and won NCAA All-American honors for three seasons. Cousy was initially drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks as the third overall pick in the first round of the 1950 NBA draft, but after he refused to report, he was picked up by Boston.

I won the city scoring championship as a senior.

I was the original socially depraved shy ghetto kid.

Race wasn't an issue. My family was French, but Yorkville was a melting pot of races and cultures.

We had a strong relationship with Walter Brown, and felt that he was the best owner in the league.

There were riots in just about every game we played with Syracuse.

People have been killing because of racial differences since the time of Adam and Eve, but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans.

You have to remember that coaching wasn't sophisticated back then - you didn't have the camps, clinics and all the technical advances that are available today - so from that standpoint, playing with a cast on my arm was a fortunate event in my life.

Russell joined the team in December, 1956, following the Olympics.

The MVP award was very satisfying in terms of personal accomplishments, but the championship was the most important thing of all.

That seemed to be the case with most of the teams based in the smaller towns - the fans were more rabid, and they wanted to literally kill the opposition.

We hung out on the streets, played stickball, and did all of the things that other kids did.

But as a coach I wanted to keep things from being too complicated.

My biggest win was getting the meal money bumped from $5 to $7.

I grew up in the heart of the Depression.

French was my first language.

The NBA wasn't a big deal at that time, so it wasn't really in my career plans.

Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to.