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Encyclopedia > Robert Parish
Robert Parish
Position Center
Nickname The Chief
Height 7 ft 0.5 in (2.15 m)
Weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Nationality USA
Born August 30, 1953 (1953-08-30) (age 54)
Flag of Louisiana Shreveport, Louisiana
College Centenary
Draft 8th overall, 1976
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 1976–1997
Former teams Golden State Warriors (1976–1980)
Boston Celtics (1980–1994)
Charlotte Hornets (1994–1996)
Chicago Bulls (1996–1997)
Awards 9-Time NBA All-Star, 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
Hall of Fame 2003

Robert Lee Parish (born August 30, 1953(1953-08-30) in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a retired American basketball center. He was known for his strong defense and jump shooting, and was elected in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1997, Parish was also named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. His nickname was "The Chief", after the mute Native American in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. According to legend, former Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell gave Parish this nickname because of his stoic nature. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Louisiana. ... : Port City , River City , Rachet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... Centenary College of Louisiana is an independent United Methodist, primarily undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences college in Shreveport, Louisiana. ... 1976 NBA Draft See also: NBA Draft Round One Categories: | ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... : Port City , River City , Rachet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... This article is about the sport. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... This article is about the people indigenous to the United States. ... One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest is a 1975 film directed by Miloš Forman. ... Cedric Maxwell Cedric Bryan Maxwell (born November 21, 1955, in Kinston, North Carolina) is a retired American professional basketball player now in radio broadcasting. ... Stoicism is a school of philosophy commonly associated with such Greek philosophers as Zeno of Citium, Cleanthes, or Chrysippus and with such later Romans as Cicero, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus. ...

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NBA career

After a modest career at Centenary College of Louisiana, Parish was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, before being sent to the Boston Celtics, where he played his best years. He compared his transition from Golden State to Boston in a televised quote where he jokingly said it was like going from an outhouse to a penthouse. Playing 14 years with the Celtics from 1980 to 1994, Parish led the league in rebounding and blocks per game during his first three years with Boston. He also won three NBA titles (1981, 1984 and 1986) teaming with legendary small forward Larry Bird and power forward Kevin McHale. The trio is regarded by many as the best frontcourt in NBA history and was dubbed the "Big Three".[1] Centenary College of Louisiana is an independent United Methodist, primarily undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences college in Shreveport, Louisiana. ... 1976 NBA Draft See also: NBA Draft Round One Categories: | ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Outhouse near Crabapple Lake, USA, with chipboard walls, and a fiberglass ceiling This article refers to an outhouse, privy or kybo that is an old type of toilet in a small structure separate from the main building which does not have a flush or sewer attached. ... A penthouse apartment or penthouse is a special apartment on the top floor of a building. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the year. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. ...


He played two more seasons with the Charlotte Hornets and then played his final season with the Chicago Bulls in 1996-97, which led to his fourth NBA title. At 43, he is the third oldest player to ever play an NBA game (to Nat Hickey of the Providence Steamrollers[2], and Kevin Willis of the Dallas Mavericks and as of 2007 his 1,611 games played over 21 seasons are unmatched. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Matthew Nat Hickey (January 30, 1902–January 1, 1979) was an American professional basketball player and coach. ... Steamrollers Logo The Providence Steamrollers were a National Basketball Association team based in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA. He is a 7-foot power forward/center. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


During Game 5 of the 1987 Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons, Parrish and Pistons center Bill Laimbeer were fighting for a rebound underneath when Parrish decided he had had enough of the rough-playing Laimbeer and delivered several walloping blows that sent Laimbeer to the floor, bleeding. The referees completely missed the incident. Parrish was not given a technical foul and a personal foul was called on Darren Daye instead. Later, upon review of the rather damming video evidence, Parrish was eventually suspended one game - a small price to pay for the extra adulation he received from the Garden crowd. The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... Bill Laimbeer at the White House after winning the WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock. ... In basketball, a technical foul is an infraction of the rules usually concerning unsportsmanlike non-contact behavior. ... Darren Keefe Daye (born November 30, 1960 in Des Moines, Iowa) is an American former professional basketball player. ...


Legacy

He was known as a versatile center, using his impressive 7'0 size in defense to contain opposing players, while being able to launch precise shots from outside the paint and to finish fast breaks thanks to his speed, which was uncanny for a man of his stature. Fellow Hall of Famer Bill Walton once called Parish the "greatest shooting big man of all time", perhaps because of Parish's field goal and free throw shooting ability, an unusual talent among most centers. His trademark was his high release jump shot, which traversed a very high arc before falling. William Theodore Walton III, better known as Bill Walton (born November 5, 1952), is a former American basketball player and current television sportscaster. ... A jump shot being taken at the FIBA EuroCup Women Finals in 2005. ...


In honor of his achievements, the Celtics retired Parish's famous #00 jersey number in 1998 at halftime of a Celtics-Pacers game (in order to allow Larry Bird, who was then head coach of the Pacers, to participate in the ceremony). He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1996, Parish, along with teammates Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time. Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Kevin Edward McHale (born December 19, 1957) is an American former professional basketball player who starred for thirteen seasons in the NBA for the Boston Celtics. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Kevin McHale NBA History bio
  2. ^ John Stockton: Still Going Strong at 41, published March 26, 2003

External links

  • NBA stats @ basketballreference.com
  • Where Are They Now?: Robert Parish @ NBA.com

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Robert Parish - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (351 words)
Robert Lee Parish (born on August 30, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana), is a former American basketball center.
After a discreet career at Centenary College of Louisiana, Parish was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, before being sent to the Boston Celtics, where he played his best years.
He compared his transition from Golden State to Boston in a televised quote where he jokingly said it was like going from an outhouse to a penthouse.
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