Justin Kubatko: Joel Embiid scored just 15 points on 5-18 shooting from the field (27.8%) in yesterday’s loss. The only player in NBA history to shoot worse in a Game 7 in a season in which he was named MVP is Bob Cousy in the 1957 NBA Finals (2-20, 10.0%). More: open.substack.com/pub/statitudes…
Bob Cousy Rumors
Even though he’s 94 and not in the best of health, Bob Cousy continues to do what he can to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. He came up with the idea of auctioning off a meet and greet at his Salisbury Street home, and the opportunity to pose with him and his statue in front of the Luth Athletic Complex at his alma mater of Holy Cross. All proceeds would go to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Cousy wasn’t sure the meet and greet would take place after he was hospitalized in August, the same month he turned 94. He underwent three surgeries, one to blast away kidney stones and two to clean out his prostate. He spent three weeks at UMass Memorial Medical Center – Memorial Campus and three more in rehab at the Jewish Healthcare Center on Salisbury Street. Visiting nurses and physical therapists took care of him at home for another four weeks. His surgeon recently gave him a clean bill of health and he continues to exercise.
He walks with a walker, but he has resumed getting together with his friends once a week at Worcester Country Club. “I know that my story is I’m 94,” Cousy said, “and I’ve got my marbles and I sound like I’m ready to get into the marathon, but the reality is I have to use my walker and 90% of my time is spent sitting in a chair. But I’m still functioning.”
PF Flyers is bringing back a brand icon. Today, the classic American heritage sneaker brand re-released 1,000 pairs of the original ‘Cousy All American’ silhouette for fans of the brand and of the NBA Celtics legend, Bob Cousy. Bob Cousy and PF Flyers made history in 1958 when they created the first athletic endorsement.
Q. How does a team go from a 39-33 record and a speedy three-game exit in the 1956 playoffs to a championship the next season? Bob Ryan: You get an impactful infusion of talent. Start with the greatest rookie duo ever in Rookie of the Year Tom Heinsohn and Most Valuable Player of the Century Bill Russell (who didn’t join the team until December after playing in the Melbourne Olympics). Then add returning soldier Frank Ramsey (like the other two, a Hall of Famer). Put them out there with Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman, the premier backcourt of the 1950s, and let ‘em go. It will forever be difficult to top the drama of the first Celtics title.