Robert Parish is a former professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1976 to 1980. He is a 4-time NBA Champion, helping his teams win the Championship titles in 1981, 1984, 1986, and 1997. In addition, he was named an NBA All-Star 9 times.

He also has an Olympic Gold Medal from the 1975 Mexico Summer Olympics.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Robert Lee Parish was born on August 30, 1953, in Shreveport, Louisiana in the United States of America. He stands 216 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 111 kg. He played center.

Position Center
Height / weight 2.16 m / 111 kg
Born 30 Aug 1953
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Nickname The Chief
Team History
207 chicago bulls Chicago 1996 - 1997
774 charlotte hornets Charlotte 1994 - 1996
26 boston celtics Boston 1980 - 1994
230 golden state warriors Golden State 1976 - 1980

He was married but divorced his wife Nancy Saad in 1990.

High School and College Career

While he attended Woodlawn High School, he led their basketball team to victory in the 1972 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class AAAA state championship.

Parish then attended the Centenary College of Louisiana from the year 1972 to 1976.

Professional Career

In 1973, the Utah Stars drafted him in the ABA Special Circumstances Draft, and in 1975, the San Antonio Spurs drafted him in the ABA Draft.

After college, Parish was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. Parish then signed up with Warriors. While the Warriors were former NBA champions, they were unable to get to the playoffs from 1978 to 1980.

After he played for the Warriors, Parish was traded to the Boston Celtics. Parish played for the Celtics for a span of 14 years, from 1980 to 1996, and won them three NBA Championship Titles. He played with the Charlotte Hornets for 2 more seasons and then went on to play his final season with the Chicago Bulls. This led to his fourth NBA Title.

He has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Boston Celtics retired jersey number 00 in his honor.

Career Highlights

As player:

  • 1981, 1984, 1986, 1997 - NBA champion
  • 1981–1987, 1990, 1991 - NBA All-Star
  • 1982 - All-NBA Second Team
  • 1989 - All-NBA Third Team

  • NBA anniversary team (50th, 75th)
  • No. 00 retired by the Boston Celtics

  • 1976 - Second-team All-American – AP

As coach:

  • 2001 - USBL Coach of the Year

Career Statistics

  • Points - 23,334 (14.5 ppg)
  • Rebounds - 14,715 (9.1 rpg)
  • Blocks - 2,361 (1.5 bpg)

  • Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, 2003
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame, 2006

Medal record, Representing the United States, Men’s basketball

  • Gold - 1975 Pan American Games Mexico City

Team History:

As a coach:

  • 2001 - Maryland Mustangs

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