The Houdini of the Hardwood

“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.”
Boston Celtics’ great Bob Cousy

Boston Celtics guard Bob Cousy was one of the greatest playmakers of all-time. Bob Cousy was a 13 time NBA All-Star and a two-time All Star Game MVP. Cousy played on six Celtics NBA Championship  teams and in 1956-57 Cousy was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. The Celtics won their first Championship during that 1956-57 season. Bob Cousy played on an NCAA Championship team at Holy Cross. Bob Cousy led the NBA in assists for eight straight seasons. Bob Cousy has been involved in basketball in his post-playing days as a coach and as a broadcaster.

I was fortunate to have seen Bob Cousy play even though it was toward the end of his great career. He was a great point guard before the term “point guard” was used. Cousy saw the court so well that it was said that, “Bob Cousy had eyes in the back of his head.” Cousy was known for being flamboyant with his behind the back passes. This initally turned many people off including Celtics coach Red Auerbach. Cousy won everyone over because he did not commit many turnovers. I loved watching his behind the back passes. They were both entertaining and productive. The “Cous” was great but as talented as he was, it wasn’t until the Celtics got a great “big man” were they able to win a Championship. After the Celtics drafted Bill Russell, they began winning Championships year after year.

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