It was an era when the game was played for the love of it, and a fledgling NBA struggled for mainstream attention Bob Cousy was at the heart of basketball s emergence as premier entertainment, a dynamo whose talent and ingenuity dazzled fans and players The MVP of the 1957 season and veteran of six NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, his trademark behind the back dribble and no look pass gave us basketball as no one had seen it before a one man revolution that set the stage for Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Bill Russell, and others Here is the fascinating, in depth story of Cousy s life his tenement childhood, his drives and motivations, his little known personal life, and his record breaking career set against one of the most exciting generations in sports history....
|Title||:||Cousy: His Life, Career, and the Birth of Big-Time Basket|
|Publisher||:||Gallery Books April 20, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
|File Size||:||784 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Cousy: His Life, Career, and the Birth of Big-Time Basket Reviews
You can be either a casual or even a non-fan of professional basketball and still enjoy Bill Reynolds's book on Bob Cousy. He will take you back to a time in the late 1940's and early 1950's when professional basketball was merely a filler sport between football and baseball. I feel the book is really two stories told in one book, the life of Bob Cousy and the role he played in professional basketball's beginnings and also the birth of the struggling NBA when they played in minor league cities such as Syracuse, New York, and Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is also the story of early NBA superstars from other teams such as George Mikan of the Minneapolis Lakers, Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks, and Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals. Cousy also tells of his childhood insecurities while growing up in New York City, his decision to attend Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, after playing only one and one half years of high school basketball, and how he became a Boston Celtic when coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach preferred to have two other players which were chosen in a dispersal draft. The Celtics weren't able to become the NBA champs until they added Bill Russell, a big man to play center. How the Celtics managed to draft Russell with the third pick is an interesting story in itself. NBA fan or not! Boston Celtic fan or not! You will enjoy this book.
As a native Rhode Islander, I grew up reading Bill Reynolds. He's always been very good, but 'Cousy' is his best work. The book expands as no other biography that I've read. BR expands on basketball, racism, US history and mental health.
Excellent book, well written.
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
A nice book about a Hall of Fame Player.
Well written. Gives us a look at the man shooting the baskets. I was a fanof his when the Celtics were the Celtics.
I started attending Celtics games just after Bob Cousy retired as a player. Naturally, I had seen many of his playoff games on television but the game looks much different in the arena than on the small screen. Having listened to his many road broadcasts over the years, I felt I knew a lot about his philosophy of basketball. For me the potential appeal of this book was to understand how he became the great offensive innovator who helped establish classic Celtics fast break and passing basketball.