Jerry West destroys JJ Redick over Bob Cousy’s ‘plumbing’ recording

Former NBA player JJ Redick aimed at NBA legends like Bob Cousy Back in April 2022, when he said Cousy’s opponents were “plumbers and firefighters.” Many took offense at this quote, including Cousy himself. For the first time, we also get to hear what The Logo and LA Clippers consultant himself Jerry West think about the comments.

On an episode of ESPN’s “First Take,” Redick and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo directly discussed different eras of basketball. When it was mentioned that Cousy once had 29 assists in a single game, JJ Redick responded with, “Well, he was guarded by plumbers and firefighters.”

Jerry West recently joined Sirius XM Radio with Justin appointments and Eddie Johnson, where he was asked about Redick’s comments.

“Well obviously the game is completely different”, said West. “Athletes are very different. And I only know JJ a little bit. he’s a very smart kid and stuff.

“But tell me what his career was like. What did he do to determine games? What did he mean? Has he averaged 12 points per game in the league? At some point numbers will count.”

Count numbers. That’s why West is the logo of the league. The Hall of Famer averaged 27 points, 5.8 rebounds and 6.7 assists over his 14-year NBA career. He was an All-Star for all 14 seasons and won the 1972 NBA Championship.

As noted by West, JJ Redick averaged 12.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over his 15-year career. Unlike West, he never made an NBA All-Star team and never won an NBA championship. However, he ranked 16th on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointer made list with 1,950 triples.

“At this point the players aren’t what they used to be” Jerry West added. “JJ certainly didn’t want to protect the elite players, so you can make anyone picky. The only reason I’m talking about him is because he wasn’t an elite player, but he was a very good player. But he had a place on a team because he could shoot the ball.”

In the 75 years of the NBA’s existence, we’ve seen players become more skilled and athletic. Seeing the highlights of the 1960’s and 70’s almost makes people laugh at the level of talent and athleticism on display in today’s game. It’s all part of the progression and development of the league, West says.

“Those players in that time, and then I started to see the difference in athleticism,” the Clippers agent continued. “In my era, I was an athlete, long before my time. I had a huge vertical, probably nobody in the league was much faster than me and certainly in the competitive part I would put myself under any player playing the game. Today too. Only victory counted. That drove me. And I got better every year. We didn’t have the opportunity to get better. We had to work in the summer to support our families. JJ should be very thankful that he made as much money as he did. And Bob Cousy, who I played against for a few years, not very long, I just find it very disrespectful.

Bob Cousy initially reacted upon hearing the comments JJ Redick made about him.

“People with less talent will always try to make a name for themselves,” said Cousy. “I guess [Wilt Chamberlain] must also have fought fires.”

In a world where pretty much everything is debatable, this is probably something that shouldn’t be. Firing shots at previous generations of basketball because the skill and athleticism weren’t anywhere near what they are today isn’t something you should do. Without these eras of basketball, we don’t come here to incrementally improve and develop the best players in the league.

In addition, player science and management have also improved significantly. The athletes are now in peak physical condition as everything in their bodies is monitored based on the good and bad experiences that previous players have had.

Redick, Cousy and West are free to discuss it, but it really shouldn’t even be something that has been said.

Knicks, Jalen Brunson

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