Robert Parish Rumors

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Robert Parish on being out of the game: “I would like to be back around the game in some capacity, but [there’s] no opportunity. So I have accepted it for the most part that it’s not going to happen. I have reached out to try to be a coach, tried to be in the front office, tried to be a commentator. There was no interest, so I accept that. There are only so many jobs to be had and people that have them are not giving them up, and I don’t blame them, either. “There’s no resentment towards the NBA. There’s no resentment towards teammates. You’re always going to have the haves and the have-nots. I’m one of the have-nots. I understand it and I accept it.”
Parish said Dennis Johnson and Ainge wanted expanded roles with the Celtics as the ’80s progressed and Parish volunteered to take a reduced offensive role. “I did that because my ego wasn’t as big as Kevin’s and Larry’s,” Parish said. “I’ve never been a person that was concerned about accolades or the media embracing me. I was all about winning and losing, and we did more winning than losing. It was a successful formula with me accepting a lesser role. I always wondered, what if I said there is no way I’m accepting a lesser role, what would that have done to our team chemistry? “Would Kevin, Larry, and myself been Hall of Famers because we would not have been as successful [without expanded roles for Ainge and Johnson]?”
The Big Three are a Boston original, but Parish said their closeness was on the court. “Listen, there is no animosity and regret between the three of us,” Parish said. “Because you probably heard me say that Larry, Kevin, and I are not friends. We’re not. But there’s respect and admiration between us. And I say we are not friends because we didn’t hang out and go to dinner. We didn’t do that. But we are respectful and courteous towards each other, and what more can I ask for? And besides, I’m not an easy guy to get to know, anyway. “I’d be the first to say that I’m a distant individual. I have a tendency to come across as being aloof and dismissive. I think the best way to describe me is that I’m a loner. I prefer to be by myself.”
Boston has historically been a difficult town to sell to premium free agents, but that perception may be changing. “Listen, I played in Boston for eight years and I’ve been here now [as president of basketball operations] for 13 years, I think everybody that’s been here in all those years has enjoyed it, as long as they get to play and their role is right,” Ainge said. “Some guys might not like it because they don’t get to play as much as they want. But when Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson, going back to those days, came to the Celtics in that era, they loved it here. “And Larry Bird, [Kevin] McHale. I could go on and on. KG [Kevin Garnett] still talks about his days in Boston. So I don’t think that’s anything new. It’s an exciting, wonderful place to play. Almost everybody in my experience in those 21 years has loved it here.”