Former Celtics Bob Cousy getting statue in Worcester

Published June 13, 2021, 9:30 AMAssociated Press

The statue outside the DCU Center will honor Cousy, who has called Worcester home for more than 70 years.

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Former Boston Celtics and Holy Cross great Bob Cousy is getting his own statue in Worcester.

The statue outside the DCU Center is scheduled to be unveiled Friday.

The now 92-year-old Cousy, who has called Worcester home for more than 70 years, is expected to attend.

After a successful four years at Holy Cross, the 6-foot-1 point guard played for the Celtics from 1950 until 1963, winning six NBA championships and being named an All Star 13 times. He was also inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.

In retirement, he published an autobiography, coached the Boston College men’s basketball team for several years, coached in the NBA and served as a color analyst for the Celtics.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2019.

Among those scheduled to attend the statute unveiling are his daughters, Gov. Charlie Baker, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty and City Manager Edward Augustus, current Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca, and former teammate Tom “Satch” Sanders.

Cousy’s former broadcast partner, Michael Gorman, will serve as emcee.