Re: best 5 celtics as from 1982
posted at 9/25/2011 11:01 AM EDT
Boy are we lucky. We have someone who knows al the answers. Might have a little trouble with the questions, but so what!
I too am an Old Goat, and used to listen to Holy Cross and Cousy. I even saw him play before he got to the NBA. Strange how Great they played back then. Like I answer people, who ask what kind of parents I had -- "They did the best they could with what they had to work with".
I got a chance to see the Celtics in 1949, and have loved them ever since. I was watching the best 80 - 96 basketball players in the NBA. Yep! 8 teams with 10 -- 12 man rosters. Some GREAT -- Some not so Great. Heck, I even have Chuck Cooper's autograph. Didn't matter if he was black or white -- he was a Celtic. Not a very good player but he was a Celtic.
A kid trying to be a basketball player in the 1940 -- 1950's was lucky to have a Coach, who coaches football -- basketball -- baseball -- and maybe taught Typing. He was all alone -- No Assistants -- No Trainer -- No TV -- No Tapes to study -- Nothing to go on but personal experience. That's what a young player got. His BEST! No AAU -- No McDonald's -- No Pay -Offs.
When he got into college, he couldn't play varsity until his 2nd year. Freshman couldn't play. He faced a Draft, and 2 years in the Army. If he survived his college time and military service, he might get to the NBA.
If the Celtics got him, he had "Red" as Coach, Trainerm Ballboy, Driver, General Manager. A One Man Show.
He didn't have a guaranteed contract -- Free Agency -- an Agent. He had a part-time job in the NBA. Then he had to figure out how to make a living for the rest of the year to feed his family. Ask CKouz and Tommy about the Driving School and Insurance Company. He didn't have a Union, until Cousy and then Tommy started and ran it. How did he manage to play at all? Poor Coaching -- No weight room -- No team jet. Impossible.
So let's get the whole story. Put the players of the 50's in this situation, with these benefits and an average $5 million salary. I think they would perform very well.
Question is could today's players perform as well in the crude times of the 50's?
Skill? Who in the NBA has a Hook Shot as good as Tommy's? He shot it from the corners.