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Bob Cousy, American Athlete ( August 9, 1928 - )

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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.~Bob Cousy


Best Do Your Best Mind

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.~Bob Cousy


Time Racism People

I was the original socially depraved shy ghetto kid.~Bob Cousy


Ghetto Shy Original

My biggest win was getting the meal money bumped from $5 to $7.~Bob Cousy


Money Win Meal

The MVP award was very satisfying in terms of personal accomplishments, but the championship was the most important thing of all.~Bob Cousy


Important Award Personal

I grew up in the heart of the Depression.~Bob Cousy


Depression Heart Up

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.~Bob Cousy


Life Today Remember

Russell joined the team in December, 1956, following the Olympics.~Bob Cousy


Team Following Olympics

But as a coach I wanted to keep things from being too complicated.~Bob Cousy


Coach Complicated Keep

Race wasn't an issue. My family was French, but Yorkville was a melting pot of races and cultures.~Bob Cousy


Family Race Melting Pot

We hung out on the streets, played stickball, and did all of the things that other kids did.~Bob Cousy


Streets Other Hung

I won the city scoring championship as a senior.~Bob Cousy


City Championship Senior

The NBA wasn't a big deal at that time, so it wasn't really in my career plans.~Bob Cousy


Time Career NBA

We had a strong relationship with Walter Brown, and felt that he was the best owner in the league.~Bob Cousy


Relationship Best Strong

There were riots in just about every game we played with Syracuse.~Bob Cousy


Game Riots Just

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.~Bob Cousy


Most Fans More

French was my first language.~Bob Cousy


Language First French