Head Coach, Red Auerbach and Celtics owner Walter A. Brown would eat crow, but it must have tasted so good!
Cousy was an All-Star immediately, and he would repeat that accolade the next 12 years. Cousy would get better and better where he had a 10-year run as a First Team All-NBA Selection (1951-52 to 1960-61), and in that stretch, he had eight years where he won the Assists Title. In the midst of it, he was named the MVP for 1956-57.
Individual accolades are tremendous, but Cousy was a selfless player and with the addition of Bill Russell to captain the defense, the Celtics dynasty was born. Cousy would become a six-time NBA Champion (1957 & 1959-63). While Russell would become the star of those teams, those titles do not happen without “The Houdini of the Hardcourt.”Cousy would be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.