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Classic Biofile with Bob Cousy

Published by on November 22, 2010 filed under BioFiles   ·   Comments (0)
Classic Biofile with Bob Cousy  | read this item

Status: NBA Hall of Famer. Boston Celtics guard from 1951-1963.

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 175

DOB: July 9, 1928 In: New York City

Hobbies/Interests: “I play mediocre golf and terrible tennis.”

Nicknames:”Houdini of the Hardwoods. The Houdini name haunted me through high school and college. I’m only teasing you [smiles]. I was doing all that fancy stuff (playmaking style). And I was the only one doing it, so. Cooz.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I play mediocre golf and terrible tennis [smiles]. Reading. Our grandchildren, that I take great pride and joy in.”

Favorite Movie:”The French Connection was my biggie.”

Favorite Books:”War, Clancy, Grisham, Robert Tannebaum — former DA in New York. Books with legal backgrounds.”

Early Basketball Memory: “I’m entering into my early Alzheimer’s stage. I have poor recall [smiles].”

First Job: “Delivering fish by bike. For a little fish market in St. Albans, out on Long Island. (How old were you?) 12. I lied. In those days you needed working papers and had to be 14. So I fudged two years.”

Favorite Meal: “Given my French heritage, anything with a nice, rich sauce. I’m easy to feed, as my wife tells me. Beef stew, meatloaf, brown gravy over steak, and roast beef. I’m sauce-oriented. Anything exotic in the culinary life.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Graham bar and a banana.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “All of them. But I’m into health foods — yogurt, unfortunately. Cherry vanilla. Is this for a book [smiles]?”

Pre-Game Feeling: “I was into focusing. Primarily, I’m developing a pretty good hate for the opponent. I would want to cloister, be left alone, not do interviews. And think of the bad guys [smiles].”

Greatest Sports Moment: “When my father (Joseph) left the farm in France and decided to come to the good ol’ USA, where the streets are paved with gold.My father drove a taxi for 20 years in New York but it allowed me to play a child’s game and earn a pretty good living.”

Most Painful Moment: “I was very fortunate. I haven’t had any sustained painful moments. I played on an exceptional high school team. In college my first year (with Holy Cross) we won the NCAA. I captained six world championship teams. I have no regrets. And I have no negative moments. Yeah, everybody hates to lose. But I have nothing that stands out.”

Toughest Competitors Encountered: “Larry Costello, Slater Martin.”

Favorite Athletes To Watch: “Sports on TV, golf, tennis. I liked Greg Norman. I kind of related to Norman, with all his problems. He’s won big tournaments, but he has the history of never winning the biggies, and so forth. So I rooted for him. I like the Patriots, Tom Brady. But I don’t feel a kinship to the young, active athletes.”

Childhood Dream: “To survive. And I’ve done that very well.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “Honesty. Truth. Arthur Ashe exemplified what it’s about to have a responsibility and act on it. He used his celebrity in a meaningful manner. Cal Ripken. Chris Evert. Michael Jordan accepts his position as a responsibility on how he presents himself as a role model. This is becoming scarcer and scarcer. I want nothing whatsoever to do with overt demonstrations, high-fives, elbow bashers, trash talk, all that boring, goddamn stuff that some of them do out there today.”

Career Accomplishments: Six NBA Championships; Celtics all-time leader in assists; 19,960 total career points; 13-time All-Star Game participant (two-time game MVP); NBA MVP in 1957-58; Elected to Hall of Fame in 1971.

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