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YouTube Gold: Dave Cowens

A precursor of sorts to Larry Bird, the Celtics found a treasure in the Florida State great Dave Cowens

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Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6
 BOSTON - MAY 28: Celtic’s legend Dave Cowens speaks on camera after the Boston Celtics won 96-84 against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts
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When Bill Russell retired, no one thought Red Auerbach could keep the Boston Celtics dynasty going, but he did, rebuilding around John Havlicek and Dave Cowens.

Cowens, who went to Florida State in the pre-ACC days, was a 6-8 center who battled a lot of the legends of his day with immense heart.

Here are some of his highlights. You’ll see why his passion could surpass his talent.

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