The Celtics Talk podcast from NBC Sports Boston is hosted by Insiders A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg, and Pre/Postgame host Kyle Draper. Guests include players, coaches, management and media members from around the NBA.
0:45 - Bob Cousy discusses where the Medal of Freedom ranks on his long list of accolades and accomplishments
3:30 - Cousy discusses his childhood, growing up poor, and what affect that had on his competitive side. He mentions how his only regret is that he wishes he could’ve done even more for people throughout his life, “who need a boost.”
8:58 - Back when Cousy was in the NBA, speaking up for civil rights wasn’t very easy. He discusses his journey as an advocate, and how he would have coached Colin Kaepernick through his kneeling protest in the NFL.
17:24 - Having black teammates put racial issues at the top of mind for Cousy, he discusses his experience with Jim Crowe and how it is important for current Celtics to understand the history of race relations in Boston.
26:06 - Cousy discusses his philosophy to, “fight hate with love,” in an emotional moment.
29:37 - Cousy discuses the importance of great leadership for success of a team, how team’s have changed how they handle a loss, and how money effects basketball.
33:00 - Finally, Cousy reflects on his seven invitations to the white house over his lifetime, and the five times he has attended.