|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 5, 2013 at 5:20 AM|
There was nothing simple about Cowens. He banged, fought, pounded, and willed his way into the upper echelon of NBA centers. Cowens's ability to run the floor and operate on the perimeter made him a tough opponent for giants such as Chamberlain and Kareem. Cowens bridged the gap between the Russell and Bird eras, and he spurred the Celtics to championships in 1974 and 1976 as one of the best in the game at the time, and frankly of all-time. He was honored in 1997 as one of the 50th greatest players of all-time.
Cowens is one of only four players to lead his team in all five major statistical categories for a season: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. During his 1972-73 MVP season, Cowens played in all 82 games. He amassed 1,684 points, 1,329 rebounds and 333 assists.
Dave Cowens is a player that should never be forgotten by NBA fans, and defiantly not by Celtic fans. His play and skill level were top notch and he was always the hardest working player on the court. Cowens averaged 17.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game during his NBA career. Dave Cowens was inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.
My lasting memory of Cowens is always the dive on the floor play against the Bucks in the 1974 Finals. Cowens beat the best center in his generation. I can't imagine how rewarding that was for the lefty.
1974 NBA Finals: Boston vs Milwaukee Game 6
Cowens interview from 2011
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