Quotes from Bob Cousy
"But as a coach I wanted to keep things from being too complicated."
"Cooper was my road roommate, and also happened to be the first African American player drafted by a National Basketball Association team."
"Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to."
"French was my first language."
"I grew up in the heart of the Depression."
"I had endured six years of frustration so I think winning it all meant more to me than most of the others on the team."
"I was the original socially depraved shy ghetto kid."
"I won the city scoring championship as a senior."
"Indiana gets credit for having the most rabid basketball fans in the union, but Maine is a very, very active basketball state."
"It also didn't take me long to decide that Tri-Cities wasn't for me, and that I wasn't going to go there to play basketball."
"My biggest win was getting the meal money bumped from $5 to $7."
"My family was poor, my father drove a cab for a living, but we felt normal because everybody else was in the same boat."
"People have been killing because of racial differences since the time of Adam and Eve, but in this country racism has been primarily aimed at African Americans."
"Race wasn't an issue. My family was French, but Yorkville was a melting pot of races and cultures."
"Russell joined the team in December, 1956, following the Olympics."
"That seemed to be the case with most of the teams based in the smaller towns - the fans were more rabid, and they wanted to literally kill the opposition."
"The MVP award was very satisfying in terms of personal accomplishments, but the championship was the most important thing of all."
"The NBA wasn't a big deal at that time, so it wasn't really in my career plans."
"There were riots in just about every game we played with Syracuse."
"We had a strong relationship with Walter Brown, and felt that he was the best owner in the league."
"We hung out on the streets, played stickball, and did all of the things that other kids did."
"We played every night. Sometimes we'd stay overnight after a game, but we'd usually drive on to our next destination."
"You have to remember that coaching wasn't sophisticated back then - you didn't have the camps, clinics and all the technical advances that are available today - so from that standpoint, playing with a cast on my arm was a fortunate event in my life."
Total Quotes: 23
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