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Encyclopedia > Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy
Position Point guard
Nickname The Cooz
Height ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 175 lb (80 kg)
Team Boston Celtics
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born August 9, 1928 (age 78)
New York, New York
College Holy Cross
Pro career 1950-1963, 1969–1970
Hall of Fame 1971

Robert Joseph Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City, is an American former professional basketball player, who played point guard with the NBA's Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and (briefly) with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969-1970 season, being recognized as one of the greatest to ever play his position in the history of the game. He is often referred to as "The Cooz," or "Houdini of the Hardwood." Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2311x2285, 686 KB) (This summary was created using Commons SumItUp) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Bob Cousy ... Point Guard (PG), also known as the ball-handler, is one of the five traditional positions of a basketball team. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre, or meter (U.S.), is a measure of length. ... The pound (abbreviations: lb or, sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass in a number of different systems, including various systems of units of mass that formed part of English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ... NY redirects here. ... Not to be confused with Holy Cross College (Indiana) or other similarly named Holy Cross Colleges. ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... Year 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar). ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Point Guard (PG), also known as the ball-handler, is one of the five traditional positions of a basketball team. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team which is based in Sacramento, California. ... The 1969-70 NBA Season was the 24th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926), born Erich Weisz, was a Hungarian-American magician, escapologist, stunt performer, as well as an investigator of spiritualists, and an amateur aviator. ...

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College of the Holy Cross

Cousy played at the College of the Holy Cross during his college career, where he was the team MVP and leading scorer of the team in 1949 and 1950, he was a two-time All-Conference and All-New England (1949 and 1950) and was named into the Sporting News Second Team All-American in 1949, and its First Team All-American in 1950. Not to be confused with Holy Cross College (Indiana) or other similarly named Holy Cross Colleges. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper, currently affiliated with the Fox network. ...


NBA career

Cousy was drafted in 1950 by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, immediately traded to the Chicago Stags, then drawn by the Celtics in a dispersal draft of the Stags franchise. In the NBA, he led his team to six championships, including the 1957 one and five consecutive titles, from 1959 to 1963, after which he retired. The five consecutive titles towards the end of his career were part of a Celtics' streak of eight consecutive championships. 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The Chicago Stags were the first NBA team in Chicago. ... The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the worlds premier mens basketball league. ... NBA players with the most NBA championship rings. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


Cousy is the Celtics' all-time leader in assists with 6,955. He led the NBA in assists from 1953 to 1960 including a career high 9.5 per game in 1960. He also scored 16,960 points, and participated in the NBA All-Star game thirteen consecutive times, picking up the All-Star Game MVP award at that game in 1954 and 1957. He was named the league's MVP in the 1957-58 season, was named to the All-NBA First Team from 1952 to 1961, and an All-NBA Second Team selection in 1962 and 1963. Cousy still owns the following two NBA records: most assists in one half (19 in a February 27, 1959 game against the Minneapolis Lakers) and most free throws in an NBA playoff game (or in any NBA game, for that matter) when he made 30 out of 32 free throw attempts on March 21, 1953 against Syracuse. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1957-58 NBA Season was the 12th season of the National Basketball Association. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... February 27 is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a professional basketball team, based in Los Angeles, California, which plays in the National Basketball Association. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Cousy originally retired after the Celtics' 1962-63 season, but returned seven years later and played seven games for the Cincinnati Royals, now the Sacramento Kings. He then coached the Royals from 1969 to 1974, but was never able to help the team improve their record above 36-46. During the 1973-74 NBA season, the Royals' second in Kansas City, Missouri, he was replaced after the team's 6-16 start. The 1962-63 NBA Season was the 17th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team which is based in Sacramento, California. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The 1973-74 NBA Season was the 28th season of the National Basketball Association. ... Nickname: City of Fountains Location in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass Counties in the state of Missouri. ...


Life after the NBA

In 1963 Cousy's best-selling autobiography Basketball Is My Life was published. In the book, Cousy describes how breaking his right arm as a child forced him to play sports with his left hand. He felt that the resulting ambidexterity made him a better basketball player. Ambidexterity is the ability of being equally adept with each hand (or, to a limited degree, feet). ...


In that same year, he became coach at Boston College, in his 6 seasons there he had a record of 117 wins and 38 losses, he was named New England Coach of the Year for 1968 and 1969. He led the Eagles to 3 NIT appearances including a berth at the 1969 NIT Championship and 2 NCAA tournaments including a berth at the 1967 Eastern Regional Finals. Boston College basketball, ca. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday. ... Boston College basketball, ca. ... NIT or Nit or nit can refer to:- A common name for various types of lice eggs. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


Cousy has enjoyed a very public life in retirement. He served as the Commissioner of the American Soccer League in the late 1970's. He made a talking cameo appearance in 1994 movie Blue Chips, and has worked at different capacities for the Celtics since his playing days were over. He has worked as a commentator on basketball broadcasts. His number 14 was retired by the Boston Celtics and ESPN chose him at number 94 of the 20th century sports century 100 greatest athletes. The American Soccer League, operating between 1921 and 1933, was the first significant viable professional soccer league in the United States. ... 2002 Lincoln cent, obverse, proof with cameo Cameo is a method of carving, or an item of jewelry made in this manner. ... // November 1 - George Lucas leaves the day-to-day operations of his filmmaking business and starts a sabbatical (while on sabbatical, he wrote the prequel Star Wars trilogy). ... Blue Chips is a 1994 film about basketball, starring Nick Nolte as a college coach and real-life basketball stars Shaquille ONeal and Anfernee Penny Hardaway as talented finds. It features cameos from Bobby Knight, Bob Cousy, and Larry Bird. ... ESPN (which formerly stood for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...


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Bob Pettit
NBA Most Valuable Player
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Succeeded by
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Succeeded by
Chuck Daly
Preceded by
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Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City-Omaha Kings
Head Coach

1969–1973
Succeeded by
Draff Young (interim)

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Bob Cousy, born in 1928, American basketball player, coach, sports executive, and broadcaster, who was one of the greatest players to play the guard position in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Cousy had an All-America career at Holy Cross, leading the Crusaders to three NCAA tournaments and the 1947 title.
Cousy's arrival coincided with that of head coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach, whose up-tempo style of coaching suited Cousy's remarkable playmaking talents perfectly.
Cousy finished ninth in the league in scoring (15.6 ppg) his first season.
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