Bob Cousy Rumors

“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.”
No. 14 is Cousy’s retired number with the Celtics. “With every day that goes by,” Cousy said, “I go longer and longer without getting weepy about it (Missie’s death), but I can’t control it. I don’t know when it’s going to happen. That’s why I have become pretty much a recluse.” Cousy is not looking for sympathy. “Everybody has lost loved ones,” he said, “and people who are close to them. I certainly don’t want to be out there being looked upon as a victim. So the best way to avoid that is to not go out. I’ve always been that way when I’m hurting. Let me grieve by myself. Let me crawl in my hole and deal with it.”