Bob Cousy rips JJ Redick for “plumbers and firefighters” jab

Bob Cousy heard JJ Redick’s comments about competing against plumbers and firefighters and he wasn’t happy about it.

Cousy appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio with Justin appointments and Eddie Johnson, where he was asked about Redick’s comments related to a Chris Paul debate with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo about “First Take.”

“He was guarded by plumbers and firefighters,” Redick said of Cousy on the April 20 episode.

The six-time NBA champion waited almost a month to enter the frayAnd it was worth it.

“People with less talent are always going to try to make a name for themselves by criticizing other people and hopefully getting some exposure and maybe increasing their credibility,” Cousy said.

“So if you’re reacting to something like that, you’re playing into their hands. I won’t do that, but I will defend the firefighters and the plumbers he was referring to. And I’ll give you just a few of the names of these firefighters that I’ve played with and played against over the years. How about Bill Russell, the not-too-bad player mentioned earlier. Wilt Chamberlain, do you remember that guy? He wasn’t bad. I guess he must have been fighting fires too. But definitely Wilt Chamberlain.”

Bob Cousy replied to JJ Redick's Plumbers and Firefighters Diss.
Bob Cousy replied to JJ Redick’s Plumbers and Firefighters Diss.
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JJ Redick on ESPN's First Take
JJ Redick’s fiery opinion of Bob Cousy’s legacy didn’t sit well with the legend himself.

Cousy, 93, went on to name all-time greats he played with and against as a member of the Celtics from 1951-1970.

“Still the best small forward that ever played the game in my opinion, a guy named Elgin Baylor,” Cousy said. “A few point guards who weren’t too shabby, my colleague who also had an award made [in his name]Guy named Oscar Robertson who, pound for pound, was maybe the best player in the game.

“Jerry West wasn’t too shabby. The guys on our team, Sam and KC Jones, a guy named “Hondo” Havlicek wasn’t that bad. Tom Heinsohn, Frank Ramsey, George Mikan, Bob Pettit, I could go on and on. We must have had the best firefighters and plumbers in the world back then. And I was very proud to play with all of them.” Bob Cousy rips JJ Redick for “plumbers and firefighters” jab


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