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Robert Lee Parish - A Basketball Legend

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Robert Lee Parish - A Basketball Legend Robert Lee Parish was born on the 30th August, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. He is a retired American basketball center.

Biography and Career:

Robert Lee Parish was born in Shreveport, Louisianan. From 1972 to 1976 his college career was quite successful at Centenary College of Louisianan. After college, he was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, before he was sent to the Boston Celtics. He had also been drafted by the Utah Stars in the 1973 ABA Special Circumstances draft and by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1975 ABA Draft. He signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors. He compared his changeover from Golden State to Boston in a televised quote where he in jest said "it was like going from an outhouse to a penthouse".

F rom 1980 to 1994 i.e. for nearly 14 years he had played for Boston Celtics. During his tenure with Boston Celtics he was won three NBA titles (1981, 1984 and 1986) with renowned small forward Larry Bird and power forward Kevin McHale. He, Bird and McHale where known as "The Big Three". All the three of the "Big Three" were named by the NBA to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and were considered as one of the greatest frontcourts in NBA history.

He played two more seasons with the Charlotte Hornets (1994-1996) 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.

In honor of his achievements, the Celtics retired Parish's famous #00 jersey number in 1998 at halftime of a Celtics-Pacers game; this allowed Larry Bird, then head coach of the Pacers, to participate in the ceremony. He is the Celtics' team consultant and mentor for current Celtics big men.

Short Info:

Birth Name: Robert Lee Parish
Nick Name: the Chief
Listed height: 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight: 250 lb (110 kg)
Points: 23,334
Rebounds: 14,715
Blocks: 2,357
He was given the name "The chief" by former Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell.

Why do we like Robert Parrish?

He is of very impressive 7' 1/2" size and his speed to contain opposing players was awesome, launches precise shots from outside the paint. As of 2009, his 1,611 games played over 21 seasons are unmatched.

Why Robert Parrish is famous?

Parish was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. In 2003 his name was added on the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tags: 1953, shreveport, basketball

Category: Sports  - ( Sports Archive)

Date Added: 08 February '10

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