Who said when they were growing up in the 80s?
I grew up in Boston listening to Curt Gowdy who started with the Sox in 51. Interestingly, Gowdy started his career with the Yankees in 49, tutored by Mel Allen. But I digress . . . .
For those who do not know the story, Cousy was a rookie in 1950 that no one wanted after the NBA shrunk its teams to 11 and instituted a so-called "dispersal draft." In the end, Boston, NY, and Philly had to choose from three players, one of whom was Cousey, whose names were thrown in a hat - each team drawing a name. Boston drew Cousey. BTW, Auerbach also took over as coach the same year.
For me, the good old days consist of Cousey, Macauley, Sharman, Ramsey, Heinsohn, and then Russell (who the St. Louis Hawks gave up) who, with Cousey, engineered the fast break. Finally, add Mr. Clutch, Sam Jones, and then Havlicek (early 60s) and you have basketball at its finest.
I don't watch basketball much anymore: don't like the theatrics and the gangsta affect. I suppose it's a generation thing. If you stop and study the "good old days," you might come away thinking, "Ya know, they really were good."
The Celtics are destined to close out the Magic in game 5 Wednesday, after losing in game 4 in OT. In case you don't know it, no team in NBA history has come back to win after losing the first three. Prior to the Bruins meltdown a week ago, it had been done twice in the NHL and once in baseball, the Sox beating the Yankees for the 04 Eastern Pennant (or is that called a Championship these days) - but never in the NBA. The Magic will not break that record.
Yep: Celtics and Lakers. Oh, did I mention that the Celtics will come away with all of the marbles?
And did you hear that Obama is going to sign an Executive Order transferring James to the Bulls?