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NBA TV and Robert Parish

I'm not sure how other people feel, but I love NBA TV. The "Greatest Moments in NBA History commercials" such as the one you can find here make it awesome. I love that background music. Throw in classic games and all sorts of great shows and you have a winning combination. Today I watched a thirty minutes show called "NBA Legends With Johnny Hoops", which focused on Robert Parish. As expected it was awesome. I learned a lot.

  • The Chief did not like basketball growing up. However, by junior high school he was about 6'8. The junior high basketball coach, Coleman Kidd, believed Parish could be something special. He hounded Parish - picking him up at home, following him to the recreation center - until Parish finally gave in. And the Chief was terrible. He was uncoordinated and had little skill. Parish gives a lot of credit to Kidd for the development of his game from that slow beginning.
  • Parish got his nickname, "The Chief", from Cedric Maxwell who noticed that Parish rarely spoke. And when 00 did it was often about the character Chief from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." So there you have it.
  • "Kevin's philosophy was why pass it out to the guards when they're shooting 42% and I'm shooting 60%?" - Parish on teammate Kevin McHale.
  • Larry Bird was one of the greatest trash talkers in the history of the NBA.
  • I never realized that Parish considered Reggie Lewis such a good friend.
  • Parish played the most games ever in the history of the NBA.
  • I always forget that Parish won a championship with the Bulls.
  • Parish called Kareem Abdul Jabaar the best ever.
Photo courtesy of Fashionable Male on Flickr.