Today is NBA Hall of Famer and Boston Celtics legend Dave Cowens‘ 64th birthday. Cowens was brought in by Red Auerbach in 1970 to try and fill the enormous void left when Bill Russell retired. Well, Cowens was definitely successful in helping the C’s remain a dominant force in the NBA. He earned co-rookie of the year honors in his first season and helped lead the Celtics to titles in 1974 & 1976.
Votes from his fellow NBA players made Cowens the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1973, and he was selected to the all-star team 7 times over his career. 10 of Dave’s 11 seasons were spent in Boston and he retired for good in 1983 after playing one season in Milwaukee. So Dave, from all of us here at Red’s Army, Happy Birthday!