Boston Celtics: Bob Cousy

Cousy feels Stevens' pain

May, 12, 2014
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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]

T&G: Cousy dishes on C's

February, 25, 2013
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AP PhotoBob Cousy hopes Paul Pierce will retire a Celtic when it's time to hang up his high-tops.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reflects on the 50th anniversary of Bob Cousy's retirement (the "We love ya, Cooz" moment) and catches up with the Celtics legend for his thoughts on the modern-day squad. A sampling of Cousy on Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett:
Prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, a lot was said and written about whether the Celtics should have traded Pierce. Cousy believes strongly that Pierce, the franchise’s second all-time leading scorer, should retire as a Celtic.

“I heard that Garnett said he wanted to die a Celtic,” Cousy said. “I think Paul should feel the same way. His identity is completely tied to the Celtics. When he gets to be 84, he’ll feel much better about having played his entire career with the Celtics than going somewhere and wasting a year or two even though he would have earned a few million bucks. For a lot of reasons, he’ll be much happier in his retirement if he goes out as a Celtic.”

The Celtics may deal Pierce before next year’s trade deadline even if he wants to stay.

“I’d like to think,” Cousy said, “that the Celtics would accommodate him if he says, ‘I’d like to stay and play out my years with the Celtics,’ but it’s more difficult for them to do than for him to do.”

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Cousy: Trading Rondo would be a mistake

March, 3, 2012
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US PresswireBob Cousy doesn't like the idea of the Boston Celtics trading Rajon Rondo.
From our friends at ESPN New York:
Bob Cousy, point guard emeritus of the Boston Celtics, agrees that his old team has its share of problems. He just doesn’t count Rajon Rondo among them.

Cousy believes Celtics GM Danny Ainge would be making a big mistake if he trades Rondo by the March 15 deadline.

“I’m out of the loop, but boy, unless he’s a serial killer on the side I wouldn’t let this kid go,” Cousy said by phone. “I don’t know where you’d find a better point guard.”

The 83-year-old Hall of Famer conceded that Rondo, a three-time All-Star, is a poor perimeter shooter who struggles from the foul line, but said, “He overcomes that because he’s such a strong penetrator and a good finisher. He sees the floor well, he’s a force on both backboards, and he’s an excellent defender for that position. I think he touches all the bases.”

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Snapshot: Couz still has it

May, 30, 2011
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Celtics legend Bob Cousy was honored with a court in his name Sunday at Worcester Country Club. Check out a gallery of shots from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The Big One

May, 7, 2010
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When Boston basketball legend Bob Cousy watches today's Celtics, one player gets particular praise and attention -- the one who's shattering his old records. From ESPN Boston's Peter May:

DobbsPeople talk about the Big Three. But this is the Big One. The sky is the limit as far as I can see.

-- Celtics legend Bob Cousy on Rondo
Yes, the Cooz is impressed. What else do you need to know?

Bob Cousy is, like most everyone else, enthralled by the play of Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. Unlike most everyone else, Cousy's opinion matters. On the Mount Rushmore of NBA point guards, the Cooz has a place ad infinitum. Having him praise your work as a point guard is akin to Bill Gates praising your understanding of computer software.

"I've been watching the Celtics for the last 50 years,'' said Cousy, who retired in 1963 but made a brief, forgettable comeback as a player-coach with Omaha-Kansas City in 1969. "And Rondo is the first point guard since moi that I've been really excited about. Bird excited you, but he wasn't a point guard. JoJo [White] wasn't a point guard. He's the first since moi to get my attention."

There have been some pretty good point guards in the years since Cousy left and Rondo arrived. Two of them, Nate Archibald and Dennis Johnson, are Hall of Famers. But what Cousy sees in Rondo is a versatility that few have had at the position.

Rondo led the NBA in steals this season. No Celtic had ever done that. Right now, he leads the NBA in assists during the playoffs, more than one assist per game ahead of Deron Williams and more than two a game ahead of Steve Nash. Rondo recently was named to the NBA's all-defensive first team.

"What more can this kid do? He sees the floor extremely well,'' Cousy said. "He's even starting to put what my old coach, Doggie Julian, would call a little French pastry on a play, going behind the back. The kid is only 24. People talk about the Big Three. But this is the Big One. The sky is the limit as far as I can see."

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Rondo receives Auerbach Award

April, 9, 2010
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Chris Forsberg/ESPN BostonRajon Rondo is joined by his teammates after receiving this year's Red Auerbach Award.
BOSTON -- Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo received the 2010 Red Auerbach Award before Friday's game against the Washington Wizards.

The award, handed out annually since the 2005-06 season, is given to a Boston player who best exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a Celtic through performance on the court and off. This award is named in honor of legendary coach, general manager, and president of the Celtics, the late Arnold “Red” Auerbach.

"Rajon Rondo deserves this award because he has proved that not only can you be a great basketball player, but you can be an amazing role model in the Boston community and off the court," said Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck. "I am proud to have someone like Rajon as a Boston Celtic because he exemplifies what it means to be a true Celtic."

Previous winners include Paul Pierce (2006), Al Jefferson (2007), Kevin Garnett (2008), and Ray Allen (2009).

Celtics legend Bob Cousy, whose 50-year-old single-season assist record Rondo surpassed last week, attended Friday's game and -- not surprisingly -- provided a perfect dish to Rondo when presenting the award (see below).


Rondo passes Cousy's mark

April, 2, 2010
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BOSTON -- With an alley-oop lob to Kevin Garnett on Friday night at TD Garden, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo broke Bob Cousy's single-season franchise record by registering his 716th assist.

Mark J. Rebilas/US PresswireRajon Rondo broke Bob Cousy's 50-year-old single-season assist record on Friday.
Rondo entered Friday's game against the Houston Rockets one shy of the 50-year-old mark and tied Cousy's 1959-60 total by assisting on a 3-pointer by Paul Pierce 90 seconds in. With 8:45 to play in the first quarter, Rondo lobbed a perfect feed to Garnett from the top of the key, and the easy slam established the new mark.

The Celtics honored Rondo during the first timeout by acknowledging the record and the Garden crowd gave him with a standing ovation as the JumboTron displayed Cousy's No. 14 in the rafters.

"If Cousy had it that long, it's pretty damn impressive," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after Thursday's practice. "I'm so not impressed with numbers, if you want me to be honest, but obviously it's been a record that stood a long time, so there has to be some good in there."

Last week, Rondo passed Rick Fox to establish a franchise single-season record for steals. He entered Friday's game with 176 thefts on the season.

"[The records] may mean more to me once I retire or I am away from here," Rondo said last week. "I am just focused on winning."

Not a passing fancy

April, 2, 2010
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Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesRajon Rondo is etching his name throughout the Celtics' record book this season.
For the second consecutive Friday, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is set to etch his name in Celtics lore as he prepares to pass (pun fully intended) Hall of Famer Bob Cousy and establish a new franchise single-season record for assists.

With Rondo's first assist tonight against the Houston Rockets, he'll tie Cousy's record of 715 set 50 years ago during the 1959-60 season. Sherman Douglas made a charge at the mark in 1993-94, dishing out 683 dimes over 78 games, but the record is finally set to topple on its golden anniversary.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers admits he's not typically wowed by numbers, but the mere fact it's taken this long for the record to fall speaks volumes.

"If Cousy had it that long, it's pretty damn impressive," Rivers said after Thursday's practice. "I'm so not impressed with numbers, if you want me to be honest, but obviously it's been a record that stood a long time, so there has to be some good in there."

Rondo handed out 659 assists last season, finishing fifth in the NBA. In a season in which he made his first All-Star appearance, Rondo currently sits third in assists this season behind only Phoenix's Steve Nash (824) and Utah's Deron Williams (742).

Rivers has seen improvement not only this year, but this month.

"Rondo's been terrific," Rivers said. "I think he's even been a better distributor the last month since Paul [Pierce] and [Kevin Garnett] have bounced back and gotten their rhythm. He really understands when to have the ball in his hands and when to move the ball. His understanding of that is light years from where it was last year."

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Cousy's 28 dimes

February, 27, 2010
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Forty-one years ago today, Bob Cousy set an NBA record with 28 assists in Boston's 173-139 win over Minneapolis, the highest scoring game in NBA history to that date (in fact, the Celtics' 173 points remains the record for a non-overtime game, but was matched by the Phoenix Suns in 1990).

Cousy's record stood for more than 31 years before Orlando's Scott Skiles handed out 30 assists on Dec. 30, 1990. Cousy's record of 19 assists in one half remains an NBA record.

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OTHER LEADERS
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