During the Celtics Game 2 ASS-KICKING of the Miami Heat, I came across this clip that could be mistaken for a Fireside Chat.
Nearly a month after media darling J.J. Redick shit on his era, Bob Cousy defended the great plumbers and firemen he played against during his Hall of Fame career (1950-63; 69-70).
Here's J.J.'s clip.
The way Stephen A. says "there is no doubt, Doggy" fucking KILLS ME.
And the 1957 NBA MVP's rebuttal.
Talk about class from the very still alive Bob Cousy! 93 years young. Isn't it great to hear someone that age on the radio not utterly embarrass themself? (even though Gil Brandt should've never been in that spot to begin with)
I mean, it's the perfect response with a little shot at J.J. to start. There's no double that thanks to advances in technology, higher pay, and no part-time jobs to make ends meet that NBA players seemingly continue to get more freakish athletically and skilled by the year. But that doesn't mean you need to disrespect all-time greats that laid the foundation. Listen to all those names Bob rattled off. Sure, a bunch were Celtics, but that's only because they were the greatest dynasty of their time.
It's all in good fun, but you gotta love the optics of the 93-year-old responding nearly an entire month later. I bet J.J. thought he was in the clear. Probably assumed he was dead, but nope, he just had to travel back in time to 1943 radio to clap back. Also, there's no way NBA guys were plumbing. Way too tall. You gotta be able to get into tricky spaces and bend a bunch of ways God didn't design you to. Now firemen, I could buy (see linked tweet). Wilt the Stilt, I mean, hello. He'd literally be reaching new heights for firefighting. Then again, I wouldn't be shocked if there were maximum height limits like the military, so maybe that was a bad career example too. Anyways, it was a decent line, but the internet sucked J.J. off a little too hard for that one, IMO. I fw J.J., but respect the forefathers and next time, think of jobs that 50s and 60s NBA guys would have the physical aptitude for.