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Cousy on the Celtic Mystique Hardcover – December, 1988

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Publishers' searchand readers' demandfor sports books result here in the autobiography of the Boston Celtics' star of the 1950s and '60s, now a TV commentator. Writing with the Boston Globe 's Ryan ( 48 Minutes ), Cousy does not stay mired in the past, although there are thorough analyses of Red Auerbach and Bill Russell. The authors cover the entire range of the game, often with winning candorthey call college basketball a cesspool, and Bobby Knight an immature bully. There are encomia, too, to Magic Johnson, Mo Cheekswho "has no visible weaknesses" and Larry Bird, "the best player who's played the game up to now." Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Two retired NBA stars reminisce about their respective teams. Frazier was last heard from in Rockin' Steady ( LJ 5/15/74), a look at the life and playing style of the New York Knick guard. This time Frazier recalls the 1969-70 championship season when Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley, and Willis Reed electrified the game of pro basketball for New York fans. This detailed account will be of interest primarily to those Knick fans who remember that "magic season." Cousy takes a broader view of the Boston Celtics as he attempts to explain the team's phenomenal popularity and success. Rather than focusing on a particular season, he concentrates on key individuals, like coach Red Auerbach, Bill Russell, and Larry Bird, as well as the style of play that brought the Celtics 16 championships. The trends and problems of the "modern" game are also addressed, adding a dimension missing in Frazier's book. For regional collections. Jo DeLapo, Queens Lib., New York
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; First Edition edition (December 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070133328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070133327
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,821,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Mayforth on April 18, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For thirteen NBA seasons, Bob Cousy was known as the "Houdini of the Hardwood," starring at point guard on great Boston Celtics teams that won six NBA championships.

In this memoir written in 1988, Cousy looks back on his playing career and discusses what it was like playing with Bill Russell and playing for Red Auerbach. He offers his thoughts on Russell's rivalry with Wilt Chamberlain and compares the NBA he played in to the NBA of the Eighties.

Cousy also plumbs the topic of motivation, noting how hard it can be to stay focused and sharp over a long season. He recalls his days of coaching Boston College and examines some of the pressures that come with coaching college basketball.

The author also discusses the NBA of the Eighties, noting which players of the time he enjoyed watching. He talks about the bond between his Celtics squads and those of Bird, McHale, and Parish, and about the differences then between the Celtic and Laker franchises.

As you would expect of someone of Cousy's experience and intelligence, this memoir is superb--there are even prescient opinions about Bob Knight and NBA expansion. Much of the book seems dated today, but other parts are as timely as ever, and would be enjoyed by anyone interested in the history of the league.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
From the first time Bob Cousy picked up a basketball he fell in love with the game. He played all day and night and mastered his craft until he became great. Little did he know that all this practice would eventually lead him to a professional basketball career after college and make him a lot wealthier in the future.

Bob Cousy played college basketball at Holy Cross where he was a star point guard. After spending four years there he went on to be drafted by the Boston Celtics of the NBA. There he, alongside Coach Red Auerbach and all-star Bill Russell, won 8 championship titles in a row during his long career. After retirement he came back briefly as a coach for the Kansas City/Omaha Royals. With all the failure he had there he decided to resign and become a GM. Both jobs gave him a lot of income and he lived happily with his family.

Cousy on the Celtic Mystique was an interesting autobiography on the life and opinions of Bob Cousy. One of the good features was the action depicted through the detailed writing. In addition, the book was very elaborate. A lot of personal memories from Cousy's life were used to let the reader really get to know Cousy. Also various statistics from his basketball career were used to describe the way he played, once again letting the reader know a lot about Cousy, Another good feature was along that with telling the events in his life he also wrote about other players who, at the time of writing, were currently stars of the league. These things together provide for a detailed, action-packed story that no reader will want to miss out on.

The action-packed writing was the main thing that kept me reading the book.
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