Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy played point guard for the Boston Celtics from 1950-1963. His career included playing in 13 consecutive NBA All-Star Games, receiving six Championship rings. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971, and the Celtics retired his jersey, #14. A young John Havlicek played with Cousy for a short period, but has said he “made a living off Bob Cousy,” referring to Cousy’s famous passes.

Cousy had a successful college basketball career at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts. After college, Cousy was drafted by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, but refused to report due to salary disputes. He was then traded to the Chicago Stags, but when the team was dismantled, Cousy was finally picked up by the Boston Celtics.

Cousy became one of the Celtics’ most skilled players and one the NBA’s best point guards. In 1957, the Celtics won the NBA Finals, and Cousy won his first title. After an illustrious career playing for the Celtics, Cousy became Boston College’s coach and returned to the NBA in 1969 to coach the Cincinnati Royals.