Former NBA player, podcaster, and ESPN analyst JJ Redick maybe wasn't the biggest household name in his playing days, but as he transitioned to a media career, Redick has become much more relevant in the headlines. One of his recent takes regarding Bob Cousy and old-school players stirred up a lot of talks, and the 93-year-old Cousy himself decided to respond.
Plumbers and firefighters
A few weeks ago, Redick got into a fiery debate with Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on ESPN after the senior analyst proclaimed Bob Cousy is better than Chris Paul. Redick stepped into the defense of his former teammate while downplaying Cousy and the era in which he played in, calling it full of plumbers and firefighters.
Redick's take got some mixed reactions, but nobody expected the man himself to respond to JJ. The 93-year-old Celtics legend Bob Cousy made an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio and defended his legacy while going at Redick.
"People with less talent will always try to make a name for themselves by criticizing other people and hopefully getting some attention... When you respond to something like this, you play into their hands. I won't do that. But I will defend the firemen and the plumbers that he referenced."
Bob Cousy, SiriusXM NBA Radio
Cousy would continue to make his case and name guys he went up against, like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and more. To be honest, his point was valid, as he named some of the biggest names in the history of the NBA. And in the process, Cousy fired some personal shots at Redick, showing he was visibly upset by his comments.
There is no doubt that Cousy is an NBA legend, but a lot of people discredit his legacy because of the era in which he played in. Obviously, the league was vastly smaller and less talented back then, but someone who won 6 championships with 13xAll Star appearances is no scrub, despite maybe not fitting the prototype of today's stars with his skinny 6'1'' frame and one-handed dribbling style.