Saturday, July 09, 2005

Robert Parish

Boston Celtics
7-0 240 Center

Signed new contract worth about $1.5 million annually... Will he ever be accepted as a "true Celtic," whatever that is?... Boston press ripped him after he had 3-for-15 shooting effort in Game 3 of finals... Wasn't all that sensational against the Rockets, but did have his moments... Had strong regular season, posting second-best shooting percentage of career with .549 mark... Seemed to mellow a bit last season, answering criticism calmly for the most part, although he did jilt the press for one day in Houston, earning the monicker "Chief Run 'n' Hide" for his efforts... Soft-touch jumper is maddeningly accurate... Stone-faced expression always makes him look like he's apathetic, but neither teammates nor management have any problems with him... Born Aug. 30, 1953 in Shreveport, La.... Warriors picked him eighth overall in 1976... Came to Celtics along with draft choice that became Kevin McHale, for two first-round picks, one of which became Joe Barry Carroll.

Relevant Stats:
16.1 ppg, .549 FG, 9.5 rpg

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