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The Local Yokel
Bob Cousy almost wasn’t a member of the Celtics. Famed Head Coach Red Auerbach wasn’t originally a fan of Cousy and famously said, “Little men are a dime a dozen. I’m supposed to win, not go after local yokels.” After the Chicago Stags folded and the NBA set up a distribution draft for Stags players – which included rookie Cousy – Celtics founder Walter Brown quite literally pulled Bob’s name out of a hat and the rest was history.
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