Bob Cousy

Position Point Guard
Born Aug 9, 1928
Nationality United States United States
Nickname Mr. Basketball

The Houdini of the Hardwood, Mr. Basketball, The Cooz are only a few recognizable titles for the magical personality called Robert Joseph Cousy or Bob Cousy.

Bob Cousy, undoubtedly among the greatest passers and playmakers in NBA history was an intense and passionate player since his early days in Andrew Jackson High School and the Holy Cross College where he went on to become a three time All American.

Marred by bad luck and the criticism facing his style of play, Cousy’s pre-college career was looking blurring until finally he managed a spot in the Boston Celtics squad for the 1950-51 season. In his coming years with the Celtics, Cousy performed beautifully and established himself among the best point guards in the league, and helped built the Boston Celtics of the 1950s and 1960s into basketball’s most enduring dynasty-America’s team.

He retired at the age of 35 in 1963 and his farewell went on to be known as Boston Tear Party. Following his departure, the then American President John F. Kennedy wired Cousy: ‘The game bears an indelible stamp of your rare skills and competitive daring,’ as a testament for his contributions.

In his retirement, Cousy wrote an autobiography titled Basketball is My Life, and after a brief stint in college coaching returned to the NBA as a coach of the Cincinnati Royals. Later in 1970 he also made a comeback as a player to boost ticket sales with much success.

His 13-year career saw him play 924 games with 16,960 points, 4,786 rebounds and 6,955 assists, at averages of 18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game.

Career Highlights

Cousy was a three time All-NBA First Team and All-Star and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 1954 NBA All-Star Game.

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971 and was honored by the Boston Celtics by retiring his number 14 jersey.

He is only one of 4 point guards to win a NBA Most Valuable Player award ever.

What's Your Take?

Reply to