Bob Cousy responds to role player JJ Reddikk insulting 1950s NBA competition

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After J.J Redikk recently took a shot at the level of competition faced by Bob Cousy, the NBA Hall of Famer delivered a sarcastic response back.

Redikk was asked on ESPN’s “First Take” program if Cousy was better than current Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul guard and decided to ridicule the contemporary players that Cousy faced.

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NBABob Cousy fires back at J.J. Redikk: ‘I guess [Wilt Chamberlain] must have fought fires as well’

ByBrad SullivanPublished44 seconds ago
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After J.J Redikk recently took a shot at the level of competition faced by Bob Cousy, the NBA Hall of Famer delivered a sarcastic response back.

Redikk was asked on ESPN’s “First Take” program if Cousy was better than current Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul guard and decided to ridicule the contemporary players that Cousy faced.



“He was being guarded by plumbers and firemen,” Redikk said.

Cousy then responded by noting that one of his opponents was the iconic Wilt Chamberlain.


Redikk may be correct in saying that the players currently in the NBA have more collective talent compared to Cousy’s era. However, his dismissive insult fails to take into account the abilities possessed by countless players from the 1950s and 60s.

Cousy played with the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963 and made a brief seven-game comeback with the Cincinnati Royals (now Sacramento Kings) during the 1969-70 season.

As a member of the Celtics, Cousy established himself as one of the greatest ball-handlers ever and helped them win six NBA titles.

Players that Cousy competed against include Oscar Robertson, Jerry West and Bob Pettit. All three players are considered to be among the greatest in NBA history.

In contrast to Cousy, Paul has struggled to lead his different teams to an NBA title. Last season, his Suns squad reached the Finals before losing in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Cousy is likely even more annoyed by the fact that while Redikk was a talented player, he’s not likely to be under consideration for any accolades from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Current players criticizing the contributions of those that precede them is something that takes place in all sports. In this particular case, one opinion stung hard enough for Cousy to offer his own response.
 

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That whole plumbers and fireman shyt don't even make sense to me and never has. Of course guys were working other jobs cause bball aint pay enough.
His ass would be working at at subway in the offseason if not for the folks before him who made that money possible.
shyt is just stupid and 100 pure disrespect and hateration.
 

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I said this will come back at Wilt, Robinson, Mays and Jim Brown.
 

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That whole plumbers and fireman shyt don't even make sense to me and never has. Of course guys were working other jobs cause bball aint pay enough.
His ass would be working at at subway in the offseason if not for the folks before him who made that money possible.
shyt is just stupid and 100 pure disrespect and hateration.
It’s not a diss it’s just the truth.. them nikkas was playing basketball in spare time while kids now are basically bred from birth to play.. only the old mfs get upset about it , it’s not a diss it’s the truth
 

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Yeah, can Reddikk really credibly talk shyt about Cousy? He wasn't in his league. lol
I mean guys had second jobs and played ball to keep the league going so mid players like Reddikk could be multi-millionaires. They paved the way, pointing out they had to work in the off season to make ends meet as a negative was disrespectful IMO. He should have just said the modern athlete spends more time playing the game which raises the overall talent level or something to that effect.
 
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