Bobby Davies Did It Before Bob Cousy

In the 1940s, Schenectady barber Hank Bozzi and Police Chief Joe Peters brought the Rochester Royals to Schenectady to play exhibition games against other National Basketball League teams.  The Royals had a magnificent player named Bobby Davies, who was an NBA all-star five times.  Davies was a magician handling and passing the basketball.  He passed the ball behind his back before the great Bob Cousy made the skill popular when he was playing for the Boston Celtics.  During the forties, the game was played much differently than it is today.  Players used the two-handed set shot, and games were 40 instead of 48 minutes long.

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