Robert Parish - Celtics Legend
Robert Parish - #00 - Boston Celtics
Center | 7' 1/2" | 230 lbs. | Born: August 30, 1953
- Nine-time NBA All-Star
- Four-time NBA champion (three with Celtics)
- Named to 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list
- No. 00 jersey retired by Celtics
- Played 14 seasons with Celtics
Acquired, along with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, on June 9, 1980, from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the No. 1 and No. 13 picks in the 1980 NBA Draft.
Robert Parish - Biography
Robert Parish, otherwise known as “The Chief,” made his NBA debut on Oct. 22, 1976 after being selected with the eighth overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. After a stellar collegiate career, the 7-footer was expected to be a solid pro, but no one knew he’d wind up playing in the league for a whopping 21 seasons.
His first four seasons were spent with the Warriors, with his statistics rising as high as 17.2 PPG and 12.1 RPG during his third full season in 1978-79. As a rising star in the league, he would undoubtedly grow into a hot commodity in the NBA. Hot commodities are exactly what the Boston Celtics look for.
On June 9, 1980, the legendary Red Auerbach pulled off a blockbuster trade by acquiring Parish and the third overall pick in that year’s draft in exchange for the No. 1 and No. 13 picks. That trade, widely regarded as one of the most lopsided deals in NBA history, allowed the Celtics to draft Kevin McHale with the No. 3 pick.
Parish and McHale went on to team up with Larry Bird in Boston, a trio that helped the Celtics win three NBA championships, including one in 1981, their first season together. The other two banners were earned in 1984 and 1986. In addition to the championships, Parish also made all nine of his All-Star appearances during his tenure with the Celtics.
The marriage between Boston and Parish was lengthy, lasting a full 14 seasons. That tenure is nearly three-times as long as the average NBA player’s career length. During those 14 seasons anchoring the paint for Boston, The Chief put up an average of 16.5 PPG to go along with 10.0 RPG. The best season of his career, the 1981-82 season, included averages of 19.9 PPG and 10.8 RPG. He performed at or near those numbers for nearly an entire decade in green and white.
After the 1993-94 season, Parish’s contract was not renewed by the Celtics and he went on to sign as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets, where his numbers dramatically dipped. He played two seasons in Charlotte before concluding his career with a one-season stop in Chicago with the Bulls.
Though the final three seasons of his NBA career were far from impressive, Parish left his mark on the league with his longevity and production. He retired with, and still holds, records for most games played in the NBA (1,611) and oldest player to start a game (43 years, 118 days). Both the NBA and the Celtics have recognized all of his accomplishments on several occasions.
During the tail-end of his career, in 1996, Parish was named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list. The accolades continued to roll in after Parish’s career had come to an end, as the Celtics retired his epic No. 00 jersey on Jan. 18, 1998, less than a year after his retirement. Finally, Parish was The Chief of Springfield, Mass., for a day when he was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Height: 7'1/2"Weight: 230 LBS Birth:08/30/53 College: CENTENARY '76
Traded by the Golden State Warriors with a 1980 first-round draft choice for two 1980 first-round draft choices on June 9, 1980... contract does not get renewed and becomes a free agent... retired in 1997.
|Three-Point Field Goals: 1980-81, 0-for-1 (.000); 1982-83, 0-for-1 (.000); 1986-87, 0-for-1 (.000); 1987-88 0-for-1 (.000); 1990-91, 0-for-1 (.000). Totals: 0-for-5 (.000).|
|Three-Point Field Goals: 1986-87, 0-for-1 (.000).|