NBA white guy of the day Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy played way too long ago for anyone to remember. He is one of the best point guards in the history of pro basketball and obviously a member of the NBA HOF. He is best known for his time with the Celtics from 1950-1963, yeah forever ago. Also, he spent a brief stint playing in Cincinnati. I guess that all great players go to Ohio to die.
Early career of Bob Cousy
Bob didn’t make the varsity team in high school till he hit his junior year. That is actually surprising to me since it’s he played in the stone ages before there was even a three point line. He took his talents in the form of a scholarship to the College of the Holy Cross. The team name is actually the Crusaders. That is just really lazy to me. In 1948 he brought them to the NCAA tournament and also 1950. In that time he was named to the NCAA All-American team three times before he was done.
In high school, to be honest, he kind of sucked. He was actually cut during tryouts the first two times. The only thing that actually saved the guy was breaking his right hand. He loved basketball so much he just trained hard to use his left, instead of giving up like most of us would. It caught the coaches eye getting him on the JV squad. I guess in the mid 40’s players were like grade schoolers now and couldn’t use both hands effectively. I stink at basketball. I always thought of myself as a defensive specialist if you know what I mean (I can’t shoot) but I still can use my left hand.
He joined the Varsity squad midway through his Junior year and in his first game he scored 28 points, again with no three point line. During his senior season, he led the team to the Queens divisional championship. Bob Cousy also scored more points than any player in New York high school basketball.
Bob’s success made it imminent that he would attend college to play basketball. He eventually settled on Holy Cross. The coach at the time Doggie Julian, ( I could have totally made up that name and you would never know) didn’t really like Cousy. He didn’t like his showy, up-tempo approach. Reading this whole part further fuels the fire of any athlete now could dominate any sport back then. You take a guy that is ok at any sport back then and we are talking HOF. I would never think that Bob Cousy’s playing style would be considered show-boaty but Doggie sure did. Eventually, even with sparingly playing Bob was still third on the team in points with 227. Those games must have been real barnburners. Even with his severely limited playing time in college by a coach that really didn’t like him he still got picked in the 1950 NBA draft.
I consider myself a little bit of a basketball guy but I can’t tell you one other player in this draft. Ever heard of eight-time All-star Larry Foust he was the fifth pick that year to the Chicago Stags. There was a lot of controversy in drafting him. Red Auerbach wouldn’t draft him with the thinking of his flashy style wouldn’t translate to the NBA so he was first drafted by the Chicago Stags. When they wouldn’t pay his $10k salary he demanded, the plan was to open up a driving school. The team eventually folded and then he made it to the Celtics where he was given a $9K salary. They instantly fell in love with Bob after when he averaged 15 pts 9 rebounds and 5 assists setting up his Hall of Fame NBA career. Here are some highlights