Bob Cousy will not be a part of the Celtics’ television broadcast team this season after Comcast SportsNet decided not to retain the 80-year-old basketball legend, the Worcester Telegram’s Bill Doyle reported this morning.
Cousy began as a Celtics analyst in 1974, and held the position in some capacity for 34 consecutive seasons.
For the past nine years, he has worked 10 games per season as a consultant, joining Mike Gorman and Tom Heinsohn on the telecasts.
“Some low-level executive called me,” Cousy told the newspaper in a phone interview yesterday, “and basically said that they decided to do two-man booths and they no longer needed my services. I said thank you very much, have a good year and I hung up on him.”
Cousy told the Telegram he was disappointed, but not upset.
“You get to be 80, your priorities change,” Cousy said. “I enjoy keeping my hand in in a minimal way. But obviously this is a very exciting time to depart after 22 years of mediocrity. All of a sudden, it’s fun again for all of us. If I had my druthers, I would have preferred there not be a change, but is it a high priority item? I doubt it.”