• On the subject of Cousy, it's a little strange that he has been largely forgotten as one of the best players every to come out of Queens. As a native of Springfield Gardens, he slipped by St. John's somehow, when he could have ruled NYC college...
    On the subject of Cousy, it's a little strange that he has been largely forgotten as one of the best players every to come out of Queens. As a native of Springfield Gardens, he slipped by St. John's somehow, when he could have ruled NYC college basketball, which was much bigger than the NBA at the time.


    You've been around long enough to realize that St. John's ALWAYS gets a kick in the groin in any story involving a legendary player, Hawkins, Alcindor, Gary Payton.

    Here's the Bob Cousy version from a biography via Wikipedia:

    "The following season Julian limited Cousy's playing time, to the point that the frustrated sophomore contemplated transferring out of Holy Cross. Cousy wrote a letter to coach Joe Lapchick of St. John's University in New York, informing him that he was considering a transfer there. Lapchick wrote back to Cousy that he considered Julian "one of the finest basketball coaches in America"[21] and that he believed Julian had no bad intentions in restricting his playing time. He told Cousy that Julian would use him more often during his later years with the team. Lapchick alerted Cousy that transferring was a very risky move: according to NCAA rules, the player would be required to sit out a year before becoming eligible to play for the school to which he transferred.[22]"
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