Bob Cousy Rumors

Nicknamed “Hooks,” Mr. Wanzer played his entire nine-year NBA career with the Royals and participated in five NBA All-Star Games. He teamed with Bobby Davies to form one of the best backcourts in league history, and a popular debate of the era was whether that duo was better than Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman of the Boston Celtics. The 5-foot-10, 172-pound Mr. Wanzer often was described as the best NBA player pound for pound and inch for inch. “He was a player’s player (he never missed a game in his NBA career and usually played all 48 minutes) and as good as anyone in that decade (the 1950s), including Cousy,” former Royals owner and coach Les Harrison said decades ago. “He was a complete player. Every time we played Boston, he guarded Cousy and he usually outplayed him.”
“Guys like Rondo come along only every 20 years,” Cousy said. “So I would do everything I could to keep him.” Rondo’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he said that he’d like to remain in Boston, but there’s no guarantee of that, especially if the Celtics post another losing season and another team offers him a maximum contract. So Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will have to decide before the February trading deadline if he should deal him. “Obviously,” Cousy said, “you don’t want to lose a talent like that and get nothing for him. I’m a big Ainge fan. I think Danny has done an excellent job since he’s been there. He’s a hard worker, he’s a good guy, he’s smart. If he really thinks he’s going, then sure try to salvage something.”
Bob Cousy has done his best to fight back his tears since the death of his beloved wife, Missie, at age 85 last September. “I still have my bad moments,” the Celtics great said last week from his Salisbury Street home. “I do well for a couple of weeks and then I start bawling again.” A little more than a month after Missie’s death from a stroke, Cousy made his annual two-day drive to West Palm Beach, Fla., for the winter, but for the first time he did it alone. After driving back to Worcester with his daughter Ticia and arriving at his home Sunday afternoon, Cousy broke down in tears again. “I’m an emotional person anyway. The first 30 years I wasn’t much of a husband,” said Cousy, who traveled a lot earlier in his marriage, first while helping the Celtics win six NBA championships in his 13 seasons and later as a coach, “but the last 33 years I paid attention and we had a very close relationship. I didn’t expect it (her death). Frankly, I thought I’d go first.”