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“18 to 22 points, 10 to 12 rebounds, and he wasn’t going to mess up” - Kevin McHale lauds the most consistent Boston Celtics star in the 80s

There were many great players in that 80s Boston Celtics team, but Kevin McHale knows there was one guy who never failed to deliver.
Boston Celtics forward Kevin McHale and center Robert Parish

Kevin McHale and Robert Parish

From Larry Bird to Dennis Johnson, almost all players from the core of the 80s Boston Celtics have had their fair share of historic moments in the storied NBA franchise. But when you ask them about the 80s Celtics, they all jump to point out one thing - Robert Parish was the man.

The Chief never messed up

Undeniably, players who pull off flashy and game-winning plays often get the most recognition. It has become a norm in the sport that some players get carried away when they look back at it. However, that wasn’t the case with Parish and the 80s Celtics team.

According to NBA Hall of Famer and former Celtics forward Kevin McHale, Parish may not have been the most electrifying player in their squad, but make no mistake, he never failed to deliver.

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McHale pointed out that as far as consistency goes, “The Chief” was the most dependable guy on the team, as he never messed up.

Robert might have been the most disciplined — not make mistakes, in the right spot every single time,” McHale said on The Cedric Maxwell Podcast last year. “He was amazing. That dude defensively just did his assignment all the time. Offensively, he was just so dependable…Robert was like a clock. You just wind him up and put him out there. He was going to get 18 to 22 points, 10 to 12 rebounds, and he wasn’t going to mess up. He wasn’t throwing the ball in the third row. Just an amazing, dependable guy. I was lucky to play with him for 12 years.

It was his team

The Celtics won three NBA titles in the 80s. Cedric Maxwell copped the first NBA Finals MVP award in 1981, while Larry Bird rightfully took it in ’84 and ’86.

Parish was also present in all those empathic championship runs, and though he didn’t finish with flying colors, ex-Celtics big man Bill Walton said he was “the foundation of the team.” Like McHale, Walton also credits Parish as the man behind Boston’s glory days in the 80s.

Some will say that Robert was lucky; that he played on great teams with unbelievable talent,” Walton said of Parish. “The reality is that we were the lucky ones to be on his team.

Having heard McHale and Walton’s revelations, it’s only right that whenever we look back at the legacy of the 80s Celtics team, we should always remember that Robert Parish made it all possible.

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