Jerry West calls JJ Redick’s ‘Plumbers and Firefighters’ comment ‘disrespectful’ to Bob Cozy

Jerry West is not happy with JJ Riddick.

The Hall of Famer booed Redick’s comments in April when Redick downplayed Bob Cousy by claiming Cousy He was guarded by plumbers and firefightersWhen discussing the legacy of Boston Celtics guard vs. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul on ESPN.

West went to the jugular in refuting Riddick’s claim by referring to Riddick’s career in relation to Cozy.

“I know JJ a little bit, he’s a very smart kid and all, but tell me what’s his career like?” the West He said on Sirius XM NBA Radio on Friday. “What did he do in these crucial games? He averaged 12 points per game in the league? Somewhere along the way, the numbers matter. At the time, the players weren’t what they used to be. JJ definitely didn’t go to guard the elite players. So you can criticize anyone. The only reason I’m talking about is that he wasn’t an elite player, but he was a very good player, but he had a place in the team because of the ability to shoot the ball.

“…Winning is all that matters, that’s what drove me. I’ve improved subtly every year. We didn’t have the facilities to improve. We had to work in the summer to support our family. JJ must be so grateful that he made so much money, and Bob Cousy , which I played against for two years, is not long – I think it is disrespectful myself.”

It should be noted that Redick refused to compare Cousy with Paul, whom they played in different eras. Fellow ESPN panelist Chris Russo dismissed the idea, claiming that because Cousy made the entire NBA first team against West and Oscar Robertson (two other Hall-of-Famers) and Paul wasn’t in the NBA talk that Cousy was the best player.

This argument eventually led to Riddick’s “disrespectful” comments.

For what he’s worth, Cousy is a Hall of Famer who has won six NBA titles with Bill Russell and the Celtics, including five consecutive titles from 1959-1963, averaging 18.4 points per game and 7.5 assists per game in 35 minutes per game. He was also the 1957 NBA Most Valuable Player, 13 times NBA All-Star, 10 times all NBA Team, and eight times NBA Co-captain.

Paul, meanwhile, is a 12-time All-Star team, four times in the NBA for the first time, and seven times in the NBA every defensive team. He averaged 18.1 points per game and 9.5 assists per game during his 17-year career, but he has yet to win the NBA Championship.

Another question for comparison through the ages remains unanswered.

Jerry West doesn’t want to hear Bob Cousy’s slander. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

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