Celtics Talk Podcast: A conversation with Bob Cousy

NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network
NBC Sports Boston

The Celtics icon, who turned 91 Aug. 9, talks about receiving the Medal of Freedom, speaking out for civil rights, his legendary career and more. 

0:45 - Bob Cousy discusses where the Medal of Freedom ranks on his long list of accolades and accomplishments

3:30 - Cousy discusses his childhood, growing up poor, and what impact that had on his competitive side. He mentions how his only regret is that he wishes he could've done even more for people throughout his life, "who need a boost."

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8:58 - When Cousy was in the NBA, speaking up for civil rights wasn't very easy. He discusses his journey as an advocate, and how he would have coached Colin Kaepernick through his kneeling protest in the NFL.

17:24 - Having black teammates put racial issues at the top of mind for Cousy, he discusses his experience with the Jim Crow South and how it is important for current Celtics to understand the history of race relations in Boston.

26:06 - Cousy discusses his philosophy to "fight hate with love" in an emotional moment.

29:37 - Cousy discuses the importance of great leadership for the success of a team, how teams have changed the way they handle a loss, and how money impacts basketball.

33:00 - Finally, Cousy reflects on his seven invitations to the White House over his lifetime, and the five times he has attended.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: A conversation with Bob Cousy originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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