Today in Sports History: March 21

Bob Cousy set an NBA record by shooting 30 free throws during the NBA playoffs in 1953. Cousy played a memorable game – scoring 50 points half of which were in overtime – during the Eastern Division Semifinals game. Cousy began his NBA career with the Boston Celtics in 1950. He ended his rookie season with an average of 15.6 points and 4.9 assists and leading the Celtics to their first winning season in 1951. He was known for behind-the-back passes and his skill as a point-guard drew crowds. Cousy retied in 1963 and became coach for Boston College and the Cincinnati Royals. Cousy briefly stepped back on the court in 1970 to boost ticket sales. In addition to his career on the court, Cousy is also notable for helping organize the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) in 1954. Prior to the NBPA players received no health benefits and made an $8,000 annual salary. Cousy served as the union’s first president until 1958.

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