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Cousy feels Stevens' pain

5/12/2014

Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy struggled during his first season as an NBA coach -- this after winning six NBA championships during his playing days -- and can relate to the first-year struggles of coach Brad Stevens.

Cousy didn't attend any Celtics games this season and can remember watching only two on television in their entirety.

"It looked to me like they were trying like hell, but they were just overmatched," he said.

Cousy felt bad for Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who lost more games in his first season coaching in the NBA than he had in the previous six years of coaching at Butler University. Cousy remembers how down he felt when he coached the Cincinnati Royals and they lost 14 in row in the 1971-72 season. Even though he had a three-year contract, he called team owner Max Jacobs in the middle of the night and offered to resign.

"I was so unused to losing," he said. "I had never lost to that degree."

Jacobs decided to keep Cousy, and the Celtics are in no hurry to get rid of Stevens.

[Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Bob Cousy to receive honorary degree from BC]