Biography of Basketball Player and Athlete Bob Cousy

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Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy used sleight of hand to wend his way to basketball immortality. He quarter-backed the Boston Celtics to 6 NBA titles (1957, 1959-1963) after a notable career at Holy Cross. Driven by a powerful ego, he wouldn't argue the point if you called him the greatest guard who ever lived.

Born August 9, 1928, to French parents on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Cousy took up basketball seriously following a family move to St. Albans in the borough of Queens. He was outstanding at Andrew Jackson High School but received only 2 scholarship offers--from Holy Cross and Boston College.

He was a substitute on the Crusaders' 1947 national championship team. Cousy and Holy Cross coach Doggie Julian had a personality clash after Bob's sophomore year and Julian resigned. Cousy finished his collegiate career in 1950, winning consensus All-America honors. He left a playing record of 99-19.

Boston coach Red Auerbach considered the 6'1" playmaker too small for the pros but was forced to accept him after drawing Cousy's name from a hat in a player pool with Philadelphia and New York. It didn't take Auerbach long to change his mind about Cousy.

"Cooz," as he was called, played in the 1st of 13 All-Star games in 1951, his rookie year. In 924 regular-season games, he averaged 18.4 points and was assist champion 6 times. The all-time assist leader, until surpassed by Oscar Robertson, he was the Podoloff Cup (MVP) recipient in 1957.

Cousy was capable of every conceivable ball-handling trick. His behind-the-back dribbling and passing drove the Boston Garden crowds to bedlam. Opponents were usually exhausted, and not amused. He was the model for every fancy-Dan in the country.

He coached Boston College from 1964-1969, compiling a 117-54 record and making 3 NIT appearances. He returned to the NBA as player-coach of the Cincinnati Royals in 1970. The Royals became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings after that season, and Cousy devoted himself solely to coaching. While with the Kings, he developed superstar guard Nate Archibald. He resigned suddenly in 1973.

Robertson, Jerry West, and Walt Frazier would be extraordinary competition for Cousy as basketball's all-time premier guard. Greatest or not, he still ranks as the game's creative genius.

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