Dave Cowens

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Basketball player
Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens - 2005 NBA Legends Tour - 1-21-05.jpg
Player information
Full name David William Cowens
birthday 25th October 1948 (age 71)
place of birth Newport, Kentucky , United States
size 206 cm
Weight 104 kg
position center
college Florida State
NBA draft 1970, 4th pick , Boston Celtics
Clubs as active
1970–1980 Boston Celtics 1982–1983 Milwaukee BucksUnited StatesUnited States
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Clubs as coaches
1978–1979 Boston Celtics 1984–1985 Bay City Bombardiers ( CBA ) 1996–1999 Charlotte Hornets United StatesUnited States
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David William "Dave" Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport , Kentucky ), nicknamed Big Red , is a retired American basketball player . Between 1970 and 1980 he played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics . In the 1982/83 season he ran again in 40 games for the Milwaukee Bucks .


Cowens was named Rookie of the Year in 1971 and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team . He was nominated for the NBA All-Star Game a total of seven times during his career . In 1973, Dave Cowens was elected Regular Season MVP . He was the third Celtics player to win this award after Bob Cousy and Bill Russell . In the same year he was also elected MVP of the All-Star Games . 1976 Cowens was appointed to the All-Defensive First Team . Along with John Havlicek and Jo Jo White , he was the most important player in the Celtics in the 1970s. Cowens won the championship with his team in 1974 and 1976.

Cowens also worked as a coach; first as a player- coach for the Celtics (1978-1979), then as head coach for the Bay City Bombardiers from the CBA (1984-1985), as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs (1994-1996) and again as head coach, this time for Charlotte Hornets (1996-1999).

On May 27, 2005, Cowens was named head coach and general manager of Chicago Sky in the WNBA . He was also the first coach in franchise history. However, he left the organization after the 2006 season to join the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons , where he worked as an assistant coach until 2009.

In 1991, Cowens was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .

See also

Web links

Commons : Dave Cowens  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Dave Cowens. In: hoophall.com. Retrieved May 25, 2020 (English).