Bob Cousy Inducted in 1990

Player Inducted in 1990
Bob Cousy Bob Cousy, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 1990
Photo credit: (Hy Peskin)
Robert Joseph Cousy began his basketball career at Andrew Jackson High School in St Albans, NY. He was cut from the school team in his first year. Later that year, he joined the St. Albans Lindens of the Press League, a basketball league sponsored by the Long Island Press. In his senior year, he led the team to the Queens divisional championship and amassed more points than any other New York City high school basketball player. After high school, he later attended Holy Cross College (1946–1950). He was drafted in 1950 in the 1st round, 3rd overall pick by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.

As a player, he played for the Boston Celtics (1950-1963), and the Cincinnati Royals (1969-1970). As a coach he coached at Boston College (1963-1969), and at Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City-Omaha Kings (1969-1973).

Cousy was named a 13-time NBA All-Star and 1957 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), he was a core piece during the early half of the Celtics dynasty winning six NBA championships during his 13-year tenure with the Celtics. Nicknamed him "The Houdini of the Hardwood". Cousy was the NBA assists leader for eight consecutive seasons, introducing a new blend of ball-handling and passing skills to the NBA. He is regarded as the first great point guard of the NBA.