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Bob Cousy ‘proud’ he played a role in helping NBA grow

Celtics, Bob Cousy

Living legend and Hall of Fame point guard Bob Cousy reflected on his his role in the growth of the NBA in an intimate interview with Steve Aschburner of NBA.com.

Cousy, who turned 91 years old on Friday, was a trail blazing floor general who made 13 All-Star appearances in 14 seasons. He won six titles with the Boston Celtics and has his number retired by the leprechaun team.

“One of the things that makes me the most proud is, I started the NBA players association in 1955. In those days, there were only six franchises, then we went to eight and 10. You had to plead with people to come in, you’d give away tickets. Fast-forward 50 or 60 years, and the last time I looked, they sold a franchise in L.A. for $2.1 billion. That’s with a “b.” That’s how far a league has come that we set the table for in the 1950s. I’m proud that I played a role,” Cousy said.

Cousy will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this month, the highest civilian award a citizen can receive.

The Celtics great also recounted a conversation he had with President Donald Trump over the phone, thanking him for the award and joking he wouldn’t receive the award if he passes away, so he hopes to stay alive next April when it’s given out.