|Posted by paul on October 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM|
According to Redsarmy, today is Dave Cowens' birthday.
Today is NBA Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics legend Dave Cowens‘ 64th birthday. Cowens was brought in by Red Auerbach in 1970 to try and fill the enormous void left when Bill Russell retired. Well, Cowens was definitely successful in helping the C’s remain a relevant team. He earned co-rookie of the year honors in his first season and helped lead the Celtics to titles in 1974 & 1976.
It's to Redsarmy's credit that they even noticed. No one else seems to have noticed. It's just incredible the way this guy has been forgotten. Of course, many great players from the seventies have been all-but-forgotten. Even Redsarmy praises Cowens weakly by saying that Cowens' helped the Celtics remain "relevant". Of course, he did a lot more than that. The Celtics were a powerhouse in the seventies, and that is attributable to Cowens more than to anyone. Larry won exactly one more championship than Cowens, despite having a lot more help, and a lot more years.
I'm not feeling that much love for Big Red right now, though. He was asked, along with Cousy, Heinsohn and Havlicek, what he thought about the Celtis retiring Allen's number. All four guys fell all over themselves to praise Allen, it seems. Here is what Cowens, in particular, had to say:
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Ray Allen as a man and a ballplayer,’’ said Cowens. “His decision to play in Miami and not for the Celtics is his business. People change jobs for many reasons, not the least of which is the exhilaration of working in a new environment that is full of anticipation in meeting the various challenges that keep you fresh and motivated.’’
I understand that these guys want to defend a player's right to move freely, sure. I agree with that too. But Dave, if you are so fired up to defend players' rights, where were you when the owners were clubbing the current players, and future players, with the Lockout?
Back in the day, Cowens was a refreshingly honest guy, like Rondo is now. Unfortunately, he's become a mealy mouthed pol, if you ask me. Somewhere along the way, he lost his moxie, and worse, it seems to me that he lost his sense of connection with ordinary folks. Wake up, Cowens. Most people who "change jobs" today are LOSING their jobs. It isn't all fun and games for most of us out here in the real world. The only thing we ask of you high paid hot shots in bloomers is that you show a little loyalty. Now you want to tell us that it's none of our business? Really? You sure you want it to be that way? Because if we really felt about it all the way you say you want us to feel, you'd have had no career, because no one would give a damn about a bunch of guys in pajamas chasing a ball, as my Mama used to describe it.
Well, happy birthday all the same to the third greatest all time Celtic. I still fondly remember that maverick, that free spirit before Bill Walton, that kid who was all about 'keeping it real' before the phrase was even invented...
CelticsLife wishes Cowens a happy birthday:
As Celtics Life points out, there is no better birthday to celebrate the year we win 18 than that of number 18...