Throughout a remarkable 21-seasons in the NBA and his Hall of Fame career, “The Chief” Robert Parish anchored the paint for the Boston Celtics for 14 of those seasons and helped raise three NBA Championship banners to the rafters in 1981, 1984 and 1986. Drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 1976 (8th overall), the 7-foot center spent four seasons with the Warriors before he was traded to Boston and shared the floor with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale. As a 9-time NBA All-Star, “The Chief” averaged 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game over his storied career. While he went on to play with Charlotte and Chicago (winning a fourth NBA title), Parish retired in 1997 as the record holder for most games played in the NBA (1,611). Named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list, the Boston Celtics retired Robert Parish’s #00 jersey in 1998.
Pro Career: Golden State Warriors (1976-80), Boston Celtics (1980-94), Charlotte Hornets (1994-96), Chicago Bulls (1996-97)
Career Highlights & Awards:
- 4-time NBA Champion (1981, 1984, 1986, 1997)
- 9-time NBA All-Star (1981-1987, 1990, 1991)
- NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
Post Pro Career: Robert Parish remains active with the Boston Celtics, serving as a consultant for the organization and mentor for post players.
- Earned the nickname “The Chief” because of his stoic nature
- Has the distinction of winning an NBA title with two of the best players to ever play the game: Larry Bird (Boston) and Michael Jordan (Chicago)
- As of 2017, Robert Parish is the oldest player to win an NBA Championship at 43-years old (Chicago Bulls, 1997)