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