Sports At No. 57, Dave Cowens was a fierce, undersized center who wore down the great bigs of the ’70s with a ‘game of attrition’ – The Athletic YeoPaper.com - November 25, 2021 0 Welcome to the NBA 75, The Athletic’s countdown of the 75 best players in NBA history, in honor of the league’s diamond anniversary. From Nov. 1 via Feb. 18, we’ll unveil a new participant on the checklist each weekday aside from Dec. 27-31, culminating with the man picked by a panel of The Athletic NBA workers members as the best of all time. The player-reporter relationship was a lot totally different in the twentieth century. When Hall of Fame reporter Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe began overlaying the Celtics in the early Seventies, he wasn’t simply round the staff for a small snippet of apply or in the locker room for half-hour after a recreation. They traveled collectively, drank collectively, and through the 1976 NBA Finals between the Celtics and Suns, Ryan even stayed with former Celtics participant Paul Westphal. Ryan lined so many Celtics legends all through his tenure on the beat, however there was all the time one participant who stood out. “People ask me typically, ‘Who was your favourite participant to cowl?’ The greatest participant I lined was Larry Bird, and the second greatest was John Havlicek. But Dave Cowens was my favourite participant to cowl,” Ryan stated. “Everybody else was tied for second place as a result of of the character, as a result of of the nature of his mental curiosity and all the things else that made him totally different.” Ryan bought to know Cowens extra intimately than anybody else he lined.