Robert Parish

Robert Parish (born August 30, 1953) is an American retired basketball center who played 21 seasons in the NBA, tied for the most in league history. He played an NBA-record 1,611 regular season games in his career. Parish was known for his strong defense, high arcing jump shots, and clutch rebounding late in games.

Parish was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1996, Parish was also named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. His nickname was The Chief, after the fictitious Chief Bromden, a silent, giant Native American character in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. According to Parish, former Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell gave him this nickname because of his stoic nature.

Robert Parish
Robert Parish
Parish in 2005
Personal information
BornAugust 30, 1953 (age 65)
Shreveport, Louisiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolWoodlawn (Shreveport, Louisiana)
CollegeCentenary (1972–1976)
NBA draft1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career1976–1997
PositionCenter
Number00
Career history
19761980Golden State Warriors
19801994Boston Celtics
19941996Charlotte Hornets
1996–1997Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points23,334 (14.5 ppg)
Rebounds14,715 (9.1 rpg)
Blocks2,361 (1.6 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Early life

Robert is the son of Robert Sr. and Ada Parish. He is the oldest of their four children.[1]

Parish was already 6 feet 6 inches in the seventh grade when junior high coach Coleman Kidd first noticed him and encouraged him to play basketball, which was new to him. Coleman would come to the Parish family home if Robert missed a practice and gave Parish a basketball to practice with. It was at this time that Parish started wearing his uniform No. 00: On the day they passed out the uniforms in junior high school, it was the only jersey left.[1][2]

“I really didn’t like basketball growing up.” Parish said, talking about how he focused instead on football, baseball, and track. “[Coach] Coleman would] come to my house and take me to practice every day until I had to start showing up myself, I give all the credit to him.”[2]

Parish attended Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he played for Coach Ken Ivy. He had first attended Union High School until it was closed due to desegregation. Named All-American, All-State, All-District, and All-City in 1972, Parish led Woodlawn High School to the 1972 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class AAAA state championship.[1][2]

College career

Parish attended Centenary College of Louisiana, playing for Coach Larry Little, from 1972–1976, choosing the school because it was close to his home. However, he received virtually no notice because of one of the most severe penalties ever levied by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.[3]

“The reason why I chose Centenary is because of their coaches,” Parish said. “I was very impressed with the coaches."[2]

In 1965, the NCAA adopted the so-called "1.6 rule" to determine academic eligibility of incoming freshmen.[4][5] Under its provisions, freshmen academically qualified if their high school grades and standardized test scores predicted a minimum college grade point average of 1.6 on a 4-point scale.[4]

Parish, who led Woodlawn High School in Shreveport to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class AAAA state championship in 1972, took a standardized test that did not fit the NCAA's formula; Centenary converted his score to an equivalent that fit the formula, which it had done for 12 other athletes in the previous two years. This was a violation of NCAA regulations; however, the NCAA had not paid any attention to the school's actions before Parish's recruitment.[3]

Shortly before Parish was to enroll, the NCAA notified Centenary that he and four other basketball players whose test scores had been converted were ineligible to play there, but said that the school would not be subject to penalty if it rescinded the five scholarships. Centenary argued that the rule did not say that the school could not convert the scores of Parish and the other players, while the NCAA argued that Centenary could not use the test taken by Parish and the other players to establish eligibility.[3]

When Centenary refused to pull the scholarships, the NCAA issued one of the most draconian sanctions in its history. The school's basketball program was put on probation for six years, during which time it was not only barred from postseason play, but its results and statistics were excluded from weekly statistics and its existence was not acknowledged in the NCAA's annual press guides.[3]

Within days of its decision, the NCAA repealed the 1.6 rule—but refused to make the five players eligible. A few months later, all five, including Parish, sued the NCAA for their eligibility at Centenary, but lost.[3] The decision made Parish a sort of "invisible man" who racked up huge statistical totals in virtual obscurity. In his four years at Centenary, the Gents went 87-21 and spent 14 weeks in the AP Top 20 poll,[6] mostly during his senior season in 1975–76.[7] While he averaged 21.6 points and 16.9 rebounds per game during his Centenary career and[7] Centenary recognized his records, the NCAA would not include Parish's statistics in its record books.[8][9]

Team USA 1975

Between his junior and senior years, Parish played for Team USA at the 1975 Pan American Games. His difficulties with the NCAA indirectly led to his not being recommended for a spot on the team. Centenary paid his way to Salt Lake City to try out; he made the team, was unanimously elected captain, and led the team to a gold medal.[3]

College legacy

Throughout his time at Centenary, Parish chose not to escape anonymity by either jumping to the National Basketball Association or American Basketball Association (the latter of which existed until the ABA–NBA merger in 1976), or by transferring to another college, even though the professional ranks offered him potential riches and a transfer would have given him eligibility and far more publicity. At the time, professional scouts did not question his physical skills, but were divided as to whether his decision to stay at Centenary was a show of loyalty or evidence of poor decision-making.[3] For his part, Parish said, "I didn't transfer because Centenary did nothing wrong. And I have no regrets. None."[10]

Overall, Parish averaged 21.6 points and 16.9 rebounds in his 108 game career at Centenary and 24.8 points and 18 rebounds as a senior. The Sporting News named him a first-team All-American as a senior.[11]

In 2018, the NCAA announced that Parish's records would be recognized and placed into the NCAA Record Book after a formal appeal from Centenary College to do so was honored.[12][13]

NBA career (1976-1997)

Golden State Warriors (1976-1980)

After college, Parish was drafted in the first round of the 1976 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. He had also been drafted by the Utah Stars in the 1973 ABA Special Circumstances draft and by the Spurs in the 1975 ABA draft. Parish signed with the Warriors. The Warriors were NBA champions in 1975 (two seasons prior to Parish's rookie campaign). However, when Parish joined the Warriors, their decline had begun, and they missed the playoffs completely from 1978 to 1980.

"I was seriously thinking about having a very short basketball career before the trade because of all the losing that I experienced with the Warriors, and being blamed for the Warriors demise." Parish said of his time with Golden State. "I understand that because I was the No. 1 player taken (by the team in the 1976 draft) and the blame falls on my shoulders. But basketball is not an individual sport. It's a team sport. And I just feel like the team was an assembly of misfits and too much independent thinking. Guys were thinking about themselves as opposed to the team."[14]

Early in his career, Parish listed Mike Mitchell, Jamaal Wilkes and Bill Laimbeer as some of the NBA's "silent killers", that is, players whose contributions often cannot be measured by statistics.[15]

In 307 games over four seasons, Parish averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks with the Warriors.[16]

Boston Celtics (1980-1994)

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Robert Parish during his tenure with the Celtics.

Heading into the 1980 NBA draft, the Boston Celtics lost Dave Cowens to retirement and had Larry Bird ready to start his second NBA season. The Celtics held the number-one overall pick in the draft.

On June 9, 1980, in a pre-draft trade, Celtics president Red Auerbach dealt the top overall pick and an additional first-round pick to the Warriors for Parish and the Warriors' first-round pick, the third overall. With that pick, the Celtics chose Kevin McHale. The Warriors then selected Joe Barry Carroll with the first pick.[16]

Reflecting on the trade after his retirement, Parish said, "I was surprised initially. But once I hung up from the Warriors after they called me and told me I was being traded to the Boston Celtics, I cheered and I jumped up and down... because I went from the (penitentiary) to the penthouse, in my opinion...That was what was so rewarding about being with the Celtics because they were all about team. You play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back of the jersey. So it was refreshing for me because that's my mentality, with the players I was playing with (in Golden State), I could not get them to understand the benefits and the rewards of playing together. They didn't get it for whatever reason. Being traded to the Celtics changed the trajectory of my career."[14]

Mayor Raymond L. Flynn and Robert Parish (9516906179)
Parish, in mid 1980's, with Boston mayor Raymond Flynn

Completing the trade gave the Celtics an imposing front court consisting of Bird, Parish, Cedric Maxwell and McHale.

Playing 14 years with the Celtics from 1980 to 1994, Parish won three NBA titles (1981, 1984 and 1986), teaming with Bird and power forward McHale. The trio came to be known as "The Big Three", and are regarded as one of the greatest front courts in NBA history; all three were named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Parish is the Celtics' all-time leader in blocked shots (1,703), offensive rebounds (3,450), and defensive rebounds (7,601).[17] Bill Russell remains the team's career leader in total rebounds, as offensive and defensive rebounds were not tabulated separately prior to the 1973-1974 season.

In 14 seasons and 1106 games with the Celtics, Parish averaged a double-double of 16.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, shooting 55.2% from the floor.[16]

Charlotte Hornets (1994-1996)

August 4, 1994, Parish left the Celtics and signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Charlotte Hornets, at age 41.[16]

Parish played two seasons with the Hornets, playing as a backup to Alonzo Mourning.

Chicago Bulls (1996-1997)

On September 25, 1996, Parish signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls after his release from Charlotte.[16]

Playing his final NBA season with the Chicago Bulls in 1996–97, he won his fourth NBA title. At 43, he is the third-oldest player to ever play an NBA game, behind Nat Hickey of the Providence Steamrollers[18] and Kevin Willis of the Dallas Mavericks.

On August 25, 1997, Parish officially retired.[16]

Career totals

As of 2018, Parish was first on the list of National Basketball Association career games played leaders with 1,611 career games played. As of 2018, he also remains the oldest player to win an NBA championship.

Overall, in 1611 NBA games, Parish averaged 14.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks, shooting 53.7%.[16]

In 184 career playoff games, Parish averaged 15.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, shooting 50.6%. [16]

Parish holds NBA records for total career defensive rebounds (10,117) and most offensive rebounds in the playoffs (571).[16][19]

Legacy

He was known as a versatile center, using his 7' size and speed to contain opposing players, launch precise shots from outside the paint, and finish fast breaks – the latter uncanny for a man of his stature. Fellow Hall-of-Famer and teammate from 1985 to 1987 Bill Walton once called Parish the "greatest shooting big man of all time", perhaps because of Parish's field goal and free throw shooting ability, an unusual talent among most centers. His trademark was his high-release jump shot, which traversed a very high arc before falling.

"There was no showmanship to Robert's game," said Walton, "There was the rebounding. There was the defense. There was the scoring. There was the setting of screens. There was the way he ran the floor. How many centers in today's NBA do any of that?"

In 1996, Parish, along with teammates Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. In 1998, the Celtics retired Parish's famous #00 jersey number at halftime of a Celtics–Pacers game; this allowed Bird, then head coach of the Pacers, to participate in the ceremony.

"He was there for every practice," McHale said of Parish. "For every game. He very seldom missed anything, including assignments on the floor. His longevity is unbelievable, but his dependability was just as impressive."[11]

Parish remains active as a Celtics team consultant and mentor for current Celtics big men.

“I have never been one to seek or want attention or admiration or a pat on the back for what I’ve done,” Parish said. “I did my job. I got paid for doing my job. That was enough for me. That’s one of the reasons I was able to accept a lesser role on those teams in the ’80s. I didn’t have a huge ego.”[20]

Personal

During his career, Parish incorporated martial arts,[21] yoga and vegetarianism, and many believed this helped him throughout his training.[22]

Playing Awards

  • Nine-time NBA All-Star with the Boston Celtics.
  • All-NBA Second Team in 1981-82.
  • All-NBA Third Team in 1988-89.
  • 4x NBA Championships: Boston Celtics in 1981, 1984, and 1986 and Chicago Bulls in 1997.
  • NBA record for the most games played with 1,611 over a 21-year NBA career.

Honors

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The Celtics Retired Parish's #00 in 1998.
  • In 1982, Parish was inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Number 00 was retired by the Boston Celtics in 1998.[23]
  • Parish was inducted into the Centenary College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.[17]
  • In 2001, Parish was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.[24]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
dagger Denotes seasons in which Parish won an NBA championship
double-dagger NBA record

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1976–77 Golden State 77 1 18.0 .503 - .708 7.1 1.0 0.7 1.2 9.1
1977–78 Golden State 82 37 24.0 .472 - .625 8.3 1.2 1.0 1.5 12.5
1978–79 Golden State 76 75 31.7 .499 - .698 12.1 1.5 1.3 2.9 17.2
1979–80 Golden State 72 69 29.4 .507 .000 .715 10.9 1.7 0.8 1.6 17.0
1980–81 Boston 82 82 28.0 .545 .000 .710 9.5 1.8 1.0 2.6 18.9
1981–82 Boston 80 78 31.7 .542 .000 .710 10.8 1.8 0.8 2.4 19.9
1982–83 Boston 78 76 31.5 .550 .000 .698 10.6 1.8 1.0 1.9 19.3
1983–84 Boston 80 79 35.8 .546 .000 .745 10.7 1.7 0.7 1.5 19.0
1984–85 Boston 79 78 36.1 .542 .000 .743 10.6 1.6 0.7 1.3 17.6
1985–86 Boston 81 80 31.7 .549 .000 .731 9.5 1.8 0.8 1.4 16.1
1986–87 Boston 80 80 37.4 .556 .000 .735 10.6 2.2 0.8 1.8 17.5
1987–88 Boston 74 73 31.2 .589 .000 .734 8.5 1.6 0.7 1.1 14.3
1988–89 Boston 80 80 35.5 .570 .000 .719 12.5 2.2 1.0 1.5 18.6
1989–90 Boston 79 78 30.3 .580 .000 .747 10.1 1.3 0.5 0.9 15.7
1990–91 Boston 81 81 30.1 .598 .000 .767 10.6 0.8 0.8 1.3 14.9
1991–92 Boston 79 79 28.9 .535 .000 .772 8.9 0.9 0.9 1.2 14.1
1992–93 Boston 79 79 27.2 .535 .000 .689 9.4 0.8 0.7 1.4 12.6
1993–94 Boston 74 74 26.9 .491 .000 .740 7.3 1.1 0.6 1.3 11.7
1994–95 Charlotte 81 4 16.7 .427 .000 .703 4.3 0.5 0.3 0.4 4.8
1995–96 Charlotte 74 34 14.7 .498 .000 .704 4.1 0.4 0.3 0.7 3.9
1996–97 Chicago 43 3 9.4 .490 .000 .677 2.1 0.5 0.1 0.4 3.7
Career 1,611double-dagger 1,320 28.4 .537 .000 .721 9.1 1.4 0.8 1.5 14.5
All-Star 9 1 15.8 .529 .667 5.9 0.9 0.4 0.9 9.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1977 Golden State 10 0 23.9 .481 - .654 10.3 1.1 0.7 1.1 12.1
1981 Boston 17 17 28.9 .493 .000 .672 8.6 1.1 1.2 2.3 15.0
1982 Boston 12 12 35.5 .488 .000 .680 11.3 1.5 0.4 4.0 21.3
1983 Boston 7 7 35.6 .483 .000 .850 10.6 1.3 0.7 1.3 14.7
1984 Boston 23 23 37.8 .478 .000 .646 10.8 1.2 1.0 1.8 14.9
1985 Boston 21 21 38.2 .493 .000 .784 10.4 1.5 1.0 1.6 17.1
1986 Boston 18 18 32.8 .471 .000 .652 8.8 1.4 0.5 1.7 15.0
1987 Boston 21 21 35.0 .567 .000 .767 9.4 1.3 0.9 1.7 18.0
1988 Boston 17 17 36.8 .532 .000 .820 9.9 1.2 0.6 1.1 14.7
1989 Boston 3 3 37.3 .455 .000 .778 8.7 2.0 1.3 0.7 15.7
1990 Boston 5 5 34.0 .574 .000 .944 10.0 2.6 1.0 1.4 15.8
1991 Boston 10 10 29.6 .598 .000 .689 9.2 0.6 0.8 0.7 15.8
1992 Boston 10 10 33.5 .495 .000 .714 9.7 1.4 0.7 1.5 12.0
1993 Boston 4 4 36.5 .544 .000 .857 9.5 1.3 0.2 1.5 17.0
1995 Charlotte 4 0 17.8 .545 .000 .400 2.3 0.3 0.0 0.8 3.5
1997 Chicago 2 0 9.0 .143 .000 .000 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 1.0
Career 184 168 33.6 .506 .000 .722 9.6 1.3 0.8 1.7 15.3

Career highs

Top shot-blocking efforts

Blocks Opponent Date
11 at Cleveland Cavaliers October 29, 1978
9 vs. Atlanta Hawks March 17, 1982
8 at New Orleans Jazz February 22, 1978
8 vs. Detroit Pistons April 3, 1979
8 at Indiana Pacers February 15, 1980

Regular season

Stat High Opponent Date
Points 40 at San Antonio Spurs February 17, 1981
Field goals made 16 5 times
Field goal attempts 26 vs Phoenix Suns January 24, 1992
Free throws made, none missed 12 at New Jersey Nets March 31, 1984
Free throws made, one missed 13 vs Atlanta Hawks March 23, 1983
Free throws made 13 vs Atlanta Hawks March 23, 1983
Free throw attempts 18 at Milwaukee Bucks April 2, 1985
Rebounds 32 vs. New York Knicks March 30, 1979
Offensive rebounds
Defensive rebounds 25 vs. New York Knicks March 30, 1979
Assists 10 vs. Philadelphia 76ers March 29, 1987
Steals
Turnovers
Minutes played

Playoffs

Stat High Opponent Date
Points 33 vs. Washington Bullets May 5, 1982
Field goals made, none missed 8-8 at Atlanta Hawks May 16, 1988
Field goals made 13 vs. Washington Bullets May 5, 1982
Field goal attempts 25 vs. Washington Bullets May 5, 1982
Free throws made, none missed 8 @ Milwaukee Bucks May 1, 1983
Free throws made, one missed 7 vs. Washington Bullets May 5, 1982
Free throws made 11 vs. Chicago Bulls April 17, 1986
Free throw attempts 13 vs. Chicago Bulls April 17, 1986
Rebounds 19 vs. Milwaukee Bucks May 17, 1987
Offensive rebounds 11 vs. Milwaukee Bucks May 17, 1987
Defensive rebounds 14 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers May 10, 1992
Assists 6 vs. Milwaukee Bucks April 29, 1983
Steals 5 (OT) vs. Los Angeles Lakers May 31, 1984
Blocks 7 vs. Philadelphia 76ers May 9, 1982
Turnovers
Minutes played 54 vs. Detroit Pistons May 26, 1988

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Walton: A Hall of an intro for The Chief". ESPN.com. September 7, 2003.
  2. ^ a b c d "Parish, Robert 1953– - Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Moses, Sam (December 8, 1975). "Invisible In The Post". Sports Illustrated. p. 1. Retrieved March 23, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Prop 48: 25 Years Later". NCAA Champion Magazine. Summer 2008. Archived from the original on December 26, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2008.
  5. ^ At that time, freshmen were not eligible to play varsity athletics. The NCAA allowed freshmen to play varsity sports other than football and basketball in 1968, and extended freshman varsity eligibility to those sports in 1972.
  6. ^ At that time, the Associated Press ranked only 20 teams instead of today's 25.
  7. ^ a b "Robert Parish". 2009–10 Centenary Gents Basketball Media Guide. Centenary Sports Information. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 11, 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2010.
  8. ^ "Division I All-Time Individual Leaders: Rebound Average (Since 1973)" (PDF). Official 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book. p. 19. Retrieved November 20, 2008.
  9. ^ "Division I All-Time Individual Leaders: Career Records, Rebound Average (For careers beginning in 1973 or after)" (PDF). Official 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book. p. 25. Retrieved November 20, 2008.
    The NCAA lists seasons by the calendar years in which they end.
  10. ^ Moses, Sam (December 8, 1975). "Invisible In The Post". Sports Illustrated. p. 2. Retrieved November 20, 2008.
  11. ^ a b "May: Chief was no big stiff". ESPN.com. September 4, 2003.
  12. ^ Owens, Tim (February 20, 2018). "Robert Parish's college records will be recognized by NCAA". ARKLATEXHOMEPAGE.
  13. ^ "NCAA to recognize Robert Parish's Centenary statistics". shreveporttimes.com.
  14. ^ a b King, Jay (March 26, 2016). "Boston Celtics legend Robert Parish remembers argument with Michael Jordan, Danny Ainge's great prank on Johnny Most and more". masslive.com.
  15. ^ USA Today. December 28, 1982
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  17. ^ a b "Robert Parish". IMDb.
  18. ^ John Stockton: Still Going Strong at 41, published March 26, 2003
  19. ^ "The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Robert Parish". www.hoophall.com.
  20. ^ Reporter, Gary Washburn-. "Gary Washburn: Robert Parish prefers to leave the glory behind - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  21. ^ May, Peter (September 10, 2003). "Longevity was Parish trademark". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  22. ^ Whitfield, Stephanie (April 14, 2015). "Top 15 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Vegetarian". TheSportster.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  23. ^ Celtics.com, Marc D'Amico. "Robert Parish - Celtics Legend". Boston Celtics.
  24. ^ "Robert Parish".

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1976 NBA draft

The 1976 NBA draft was the 30th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 8, 1976, before the 1976–77 season. In this draft, 18 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each conference, with the order determined by a coin flip. The Atlanta Hawks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Chicago Bulls were awarded the second pick. The Hawks then traded the first pick to the Houston Rockets before the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The New York Knicks forfeited their first-round draft pick due to their illegal signing of George McGinnis whose rights were held by the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers, the Golden State Warriors and the Buffalo Braves also forfeited their second, third and fourth-round picks respectively due to their participation in 1975 supplementary draft American Basketball Association (ABA) players who had never been drafted in the NBA. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection. If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated. Before the draft, 26 college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule. 13 of them withdrew before the draft, leaving only 13 early entry candidates eligible for selection. These players had applied and gave evidence of financial hardship to the league, which granted them the right to start earning their living by starting their professional careers earlier. The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 173 players. On August 8, 1976, the league also hosted a Dispersal draft for ABA players from the Kentucky Colonels and Spirits of St. Louis, who were not included in the ABA–NBA merger.

1984 NBA Finals

The 1984 NBA World Championship Series, also known as Showdown '84, was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1983–84 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. The Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeated the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game Finals, winning Game 7 111–102. Celtics forward Larry Bird averaged 27 points and 14 rebounds a game during the series, earning the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP). Bird was also named the league's regular season MVP for that year.

This series was the long-awaited rematch of the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics after their rivalry was revived in 1979 with the Magic Johnson–Larry Bird pair entering the league. After the Lakers won Game 1, a crucial steal in Game 2 led to a tie game and the Celtics were able to win in overtime to tie the series. The Lakers won Game 3 easily and almost won Game 4, but were again thwarted. Now tied 2-2, the Lakers and Celtics each held serve at their home court to send the series to Boston for Game 7. Game 5 was a classic, with Bird coming up with a huge game in one of the (literally) hottest games ever (97 °F (36 °C)) in the non-air conditioned Boston Garden. Game 7 was also contested in hot temperatures that hovered around 91 °F (33 °C). The score was close but the contest eventually went to the Celtics. Cedric Maxwell scored 24 points against the Los Angeles Lakers in the decisive Game 7 victory.

Los Angeles won all three games played on Sunday afternoons. Boston won the games played on Tuesday night, Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Friday night.

The Series schedule was an odd schedule, due entirely to the whims of television. Game One was played on a Sunday afternoon in Boston, about 36 hours after the Lakers had eliminated the Phoenix Suns in the Western Finals. The teams then had three plus days off, not playing until Thursday night. Then, after Game 3 on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, the teams had two plus days off, not playing again until Wednesday night. That in turn started a wearying back-and-forth across the country ... Wednesday night at LA, Friday night at Boston, Sunday afternoon at LA, and Tuesday night at Boston ... to end the series.

The following year, the Finals format switched to 2-3-2, where Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 were hosted by the team with the best record. The change in format came after Red Auerbach complained about the constant travelling during the finals. The 2-2-1-1-1 format would return for the 2014 NBA Finals.

1985 NBA Finals

The 1985 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1984–85 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs.

The Boston Celtics were looking to repeat as NBA Champions for the first time since the 1968–69 season. The Celtics had homecourt advantage for the second year in a row as they finished the regular season with a 63-19 record while the Los Angeles Lakers compiled a 62-20 record. The Lakers looked to bounce back from the previous year's painful loss to the Celtics in the championship series, and were still seeking to beat Boston for the first time ever in NBA Finals history. Also for the first time, the Finals went to a 2-3-2 format with Games 1 and 2 in Boston while the next three games were in Los Angeles. The final two games of the series would be played in Boston, if required. This change of format came after David Stern had a conversation with Celtics legend Red Auerbach in 1984, who didn't like the frequent traveling between games. The 2-3-2 format would be used until the 2013 NBA Finals, after which the 2-2-1-1-1 format returned the following year.

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Celtics four games to two to defeat the Celtics for the first time in Laker history in the NBA Finals.

It would mark the last time the NBA World Championship Series branding would be in use as the NBA Finals branding would replace it the next season.

The video documentary Return to Glory recaps the 1985 NBA Playoff action.

1986 NBA Finals

The 1986 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1985–86 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. It pitted the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics against the Western Conference champion Houston Rockets, in a rematch of the 1981 Finals (only Allen Leavell and Robert Reid remained from the Rockets' 1981 team). It was the second and last NBA Championship Series of the 1980s not to feature the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics defeated the Rockets four games to two to win their 16th NBA championship. The championship would be the Celtics' last until 2008. Larry Bird was named the Finals MVP.

On another note, this series marked the first time the "NBA Finals" branding was officially used, as they dropped the "NBA World Championship Series" branding which had been in use since the beginning of the league, though it had been unofficially called the "NBA Finals" for years.

Until the 2011 series, this was the last time the NBA Finals had started before June. Since game three, all NBA Finals games have been played in June. Starting with the following year, the NBA Finals would be held exclusively in the month of June. It was also the last NBA Finals series to schedule a game on a Monday until 1999 and also the last NBA Finals game to be played on Memorial Day. Until the 2018 series, it was the last to conclude before June 10.

CBS Sports used Dick Stockton and Tom Heinsohn as the play-by-play man and color commentator respectively. Meanwhile, Brent Musburger was the host and Pat O'Brien (the Rockets' sideline) and Lesley Visser (the Celtics' sideline) were the sideline reporters.

1987 NBA All-Star Game

The 37th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 8, 1987, at Seattle's Kingdome. Seattle SuperSonics power forward Tom Chambers was the game's MVP.

The Eastern Conference team consisted of the Washington Bullets' Moses Malone and Jeff Malone, the Philadelphia 76ers' Julius Erving, Maurice Cheeks and Charles Barkley, the Boston Celtics' Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Kevin McHale, the Detroit Pistons' Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer, the Atlanta Hawks' Dominique Wilkins and the Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan.

In addition to game MVP Tom Chambers, the Western Conference team featured the Los Angeles Lakers' Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the Golden State Warriors' Sleepy Floyd and Joe Barry Carroll, the Dallas Mavericks' Rolando Blackman and Mark Aguirre, the San Antonio Spurs' Alvin Robertson, the Phoenix Suns' Walter Davis, the Denver Nuggets' Alex English and the Houston Rockets' Akeem Olajuwon. Houston's Ralph Sampson was selected but unable to play due to injury.

The coach of the Eastern team was Boston's K.C. Jones. The coach of the Western team was the Lakers' Pat Riley.

1987 NBA Finals

The 1987 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1986–87 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Eastern Conference and defending NBA champion Boston Celtics 4 games to 2. The key moment of the series was Magic Johnson's junior sky hook in Game 4. This was the tenth time that the Celtics and Lakers met in the NBA Finals (more than any other Finals matchup). It would be the Celtics' last Finals appearance until the two teams met in 2008.

This was the first NBA Championship Series conducted entirely in June. The last time there were no NBA Championship Series games in May was in the 1970-1971 season, when the finals (a four-game sweep that year) ended on April 30. It is also the first NBA Finals series to be conducted on a Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday rotation, which was in use until 1990 and revived since the 2004 NBA Finals; in between the NBA Finals were conducted on a Sunday-Wednesday-Friday rotation.

1990 NBA All-Star Game

The 40th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 11, 1990 at Miami Arena in Miami, Florida. Magic Johnson was named the game's MVP.

The East was led by the trio of Celtics' big men Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, and the Bulls' dynamic duo of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The trio of Piston players Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman, plus Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller, Dominique Wilkins and center Patrick Ewing completed the team.

The West was led by the Lakers' trio of Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and A.C. Green. Clyde Drexler, Akeem Olajuwon, John Stockton, David Robinson, Rolando Blackman, Lafayette Lever and Tom Chambers completed the team.Coaches: East: Chuck Daly, West: Pat Riley. This was the first of four consecutive All-Star Games in which the coaches of the previous year's NBA Finals were the head coaches of the All-Star Game.

This was the last NBA All-Star Game broadcast by CBS before moving to NBC in the following year.

50 Greatest Players in NBA History

The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team or NBA's Top 50) were chosen in 1996 to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). These fifty players were selected through a vote by a panel of media members, former players and coaches, and current and former general managers. In addition, the top ten head coaches and top ten single-season teams in NBA history were selected by media members as part of the celebration. The fifty players had to have played at least a portion of their careers in the NBA and were selected irrespective of position played.

The list was announced by NBA commissioner David Stern on October 29, 1996, at the hotel Grand Hyatt New York, the former site of the Commodore Hotel, where the original NBA charter was signed on June 6, 1946. The announcement marked the beginning of a season-long celebration of the league's anniversary. Forty-seven of the fifty players were later assembled in Cleveland, during the halftime ceremony of the 1997 All-Star Game. Three players were absent: Pete Maravich, who had died in 1988, at forty; Shaquille O'Neal, who was recovering from a knee injury; and Jerry West, who was scheduled to have surgery for an ear infection and could not fly. At the time of the announcement, eleven players were active; all have subsequently retired. O'Neal was the last to be active in the NBA, retiring at the end of the 2010–11 season.

Arlington House Publishers

Arlington House, Inc., (dba as Arlington House Publishers), now-defunct, was an American book publisher of jazz discographies, as well as conservative and anti-communist titles. It was a Delaware corporation from 1964 to 1988 with offices in New Rochelle and New York City and, in 1981, Westport, Connecticut.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 as one of the league's original eight teams, the team play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Boston Bruins. The Celtics are one of the most successful teams in NBA history; the franchise has won the most championships in the NBA with 17, accounting for 23.9 percent of all NBA championships since the league's founding.The Celtics have a notable rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won 16 NBA championships, second behind the Celtics. The rivalry was heavily highlighted throughout the 1960s and 1980s. The franchise has played the Lakers a record 12 times in the NBA Finals (including their most recent appearances in 2008 and 2010), of which the Celtics have won nine. Four Celtics players (Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens and Larry Bird) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards. Both the nickname "Celtics" and their mascot "Lucky the Leprechaun" are a nod to Boston's historically large Irish population.The Celtics' rise to dominance began in the late 1950s, after drafting center Bill Russell in 1956, who would become the cornerstone of the Celtics dynasty. Led by Russell and superstar point guard Bob Cousy, the Celtics won their first NBA championship in 1957. Russell, along with a talented supporting cast of Hall of Famers including John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders, and Bill Sharman, would usher the Celtics into the greatest period in franchise history, winning 8 consecutive NBA championships throughout the 1960s. After the retirement of Russell in 1969, the Celtics entered a period of rebuilding. Led by center Dave Cowens and point guard JoJo White, the Celtics returned to championship caliber, winning 2 NBA titles in 1974 and 1976. The Celtics would return to dominance in the 1980s. Led by the "Big Three" that featured Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, the Celtics won the 1981, 1984, and 1986 championships. After winning 16 championships throughout the 20th century, the Celtics, after struggling through the 1990s, rose again to win a championship in 2008 with the help of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen in what was known as the new "Big Three" era.

Following the win in 2008, general manager Danny Ainge began a rebuilding process with the help of head coach Brad Stevens, who led the Celtics to a return to the playoffs from 2015. During the following season, the Celtics clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but were eliminated in the Conference Finals. This prompted an aggressive rebuild in 2017, where the team acquired All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. However, the pair struggled with injuries throughout the 2017–18 season, and the team was again defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Celtics–Pistons rivalry

The Celtics–Pistons rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons. The two teams played each other in the NBA playoffs five times from 1985–1991, with Boston winning in 1985 and 1987, and Detroit winning en route to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 1988 and 1989, and 1991. The rivalry peaked in the late 1980s, featuring players such as Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Dennis Rodman, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Bill Laimbeer.

Centenary Gentlemen basketball

The Centenary Gentlemen basketball team represents Centenary College, located in Shreveport, Louisiana, in NCAA Division III men's basketball competition. The "Gentlemen" nickname is exclusive to men's athletes and teams; Ladies is used for women's teams and athletes. The team is a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, which is part of the NCAA Division III. Prior to 2011, Centenary was a member of the NCAA Division I, and competed in the Summit League.

Dominican High School (Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin)

Dominican High School is a private, Catholic high school in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, United States. It is in, but not funded by, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as a college preparatory high school.

James Robert Parish

James Robert Parish (born 1941) is an American author, entertainment historian, and biographer. He also is a former entertainment reporter (for Variety), former book editor, former publicist and former lawyer (in New York).He is the author of more than 100 books including biographies, histories and reference works, and is known for his knowledge of Hollywood legend and lore, fact, and anecdote. He is also claimed to have developed the genre of Hollywood nostalgia. Some of his notable books include Fiasco: A history of Hollywood's iconic flops, The Hollywood Book of Death, The Hollywood Book of Breakups, The Hollywood Book of Extravaganza, and It's Good to Be the King.As a consultant for TV documentaries and biographies, he has appeared frequently on national news shows and specials dealing with the performing arts. Some of his notable appearances include Dateline NBC, A&E Biography, E!'s Mysteries and Scandals and E! True Hollywood Story, Court TV's Hollywood Justice, Fox News Channel's Rita Cosby Show and American Broadcasting Company's Cops on the Screen. He also worked for specials and series episodes produced by England's BBC, Granada TV, and Channel 4. He lives in Studio City, California.

John Long (basketball)

John Eddie Long (born August 28, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player.

After starring at the University of Detroit, the 6' 5" (1.96 m) shooting guard was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft. The move was largely influenced by Dick Vitale, who coached Long at UD before going to the Pistons. He played eight seasons for the Pistons, and he averaged a career-high 21.9 points per game in 1981–82. Long was the original backcourt partner to point guard Isiah Thomas before Joe Dumars was drafted.

After Dumars was named the starter, Long later played for the Indiana Pacers, where he was backed up by Reggie Miller before playing for the Atlanta Hawks. After playing overseas and in the minor leagues for several years, Long signed with the Toronto Raptors for one season, and he retired in 1997 with 12,131 career points. At the time, the 41-year-old Long was the second oldest player in the NBA behind Robert Parish, who was 43.

Two of John Long's nephews, Terry Mills and Grant Long, also played in the NBA. The nephews were teammates in Detroit during the 1996-1997 season. All three men played two seasons or more for the Detroit Pistons. He is currently a radio analyst for the Pistons.

Kevin Willis

Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player mostly known for playing with the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a 7-foot power forward/center.

Willis is one of fifteen players in NBA history with over 16,000 career points and 11,000 career rebounds. He was named to the NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 1992, when he finished the season with a career-high average of 15.5 rebounds a game.

Willis holds career averages of 12.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, and 0.9 apg while averaging 27 minutes per game in 21 NBA seasons. He shares the record for most seasons played in the NBA with Robert Parish, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki.

During the 2004–05 season, Willis was the oldest player in the league at age 42, and he would continue to be until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2006–07 season at the age of 44.

List of Boston Celtics accomplishments and records

This is a comprehensive list of the accomplishments and records of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team currently playing in the National Basketball Association.

List of National Basketball Association seasons played leaders

Only seven players in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA) have played 20 or more seasons in their respective careers. In 1985–86, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke the previous NBA record of 16 seasons held by Dolph Schayes, John Havlicek, Paul Silas, and Elvin Hayes; he finished his career in 1988–89 with a then-record 20 seasons played. Robert Parish broke the mark in 1996–97, when he retired after 21 seasons, and Kevin Willis tied him in his final season in 2006–07. They were joined by Kevin Garnett in 2015–16 when he began his 21st season. His Minnesota Timberwolves played their season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, who became the fifth player to reach the 20-season plateau that night. The game was the first time in league history that two opposing players each had at least 20 years of experience. Having played his entire career with the Lakers, Bryant was also the first NBA player to spend 20 seasons with one team. In 2017–18, Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter each began their 20th NBA seasons. Nowitzki, who has spent his entire career with the Dallas Mavericks, is the only player to have played 21 seasons with one team.In the NBA, big men typically have longer playing careers than smaller men. Older centers and power forwards may have the luxury of pacing themselves while running the court, or they might station themselves in the post. Big men Parish, Willis, and Garnett all had relatively minor roles while playing in their respective 21st seasons. On the other hand, guards are tasked with handling the ball full-court; in addition, guards are more dependent on traits like speed and quickness that deteriorate with age. Bryant was the first guard to play in 20 seasons, passing the previous mark of 19 seasons for guards held by John Stockton and Jason Kidd.Vince Carter announced his intention to play his twenty-second season in April 2019; this would make him the NBA player who played for the most seasons.

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