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Cousy among those elected to NBA Hall of Fame
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 23, 1971

The Basketball Hall of Fame elects three new members into its shrine:

Bob Cousy -- Known for his brilliant playmaking, including behind-the-back dribbling and no-look passes, Cooz played 13 years with the Boston Celtics and eight consecutive seasons led the NBA in assists. A 6-foot-1 guard, he also averaged 18.4 points in his career and helped Boston win six championships. He was an All-American at Holy Cross in 1950.

Bob Pettit -- When he retired from the St. Louis Hawks in 1965, after an 11-year NBA career (10 times first-team all-league), the 6-foot-9 forward was the highest scorer in pro basketball history with 20,880 points (26.4 average) and was third in rebounds and free throws. He was an All-American at LSU in 1954.

Abe Saperstein - He founded the Harlem Globetrotters in 1927. Through Saperstein's efforts, both as a coach and as a promoter, the Trotters became the foremost goodwill ambassadors of basketball throughout the world.

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