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|Full Name at Birth||
Robert Lee Parish
Chief, Robert Lee Parish, Robert Parish
30th August, 1953
7' 0" (213 cm)
230lbs (104 kg)
Woodlawn in Shreveport, Louisiana
Centenary College of Louisiana
|NBA First Game Date||
22nd October, 1976
Golden State Warriors, 1st round (8th pick, 8th overall), 1976 NBA Draft
|Hall of Fame||
Inducted as Player in 2003
|Claim to Fame||
Robert Lee Parish (born August 30, 1953) is a retired American basketball center. He was known for his strong defense and jump shooting, and 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. He played an NBA-record 1,611 regular season games in his career.