Celtics hire Parish as consultant

Updated: November 9, 2005, 3:18 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Hall of Fame center Robert Parish was hired as a consultant by the Boston Celtics, whom the 7-footer helped to three NBA titles in the 1980s.

The team said Wednesday that Parish will be involved in marketing and community relations, including public appearances and autograph sessions.

"I'm excited to be back in Boston working with the Celtics as this young and talented team develops," Parish said in a statement. "The fans of Boston have been great to me."

Parish played 21 NBA seasons, including 14 in Boston, where he was a teammate to Danny Ainge, the Celtics' current head of basketball operations. With Parish, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale as one of the most formidable front lines in league history, the Celtics won NBA titles in 1981, 1984 and 1986.

Nine-time All-Star Parish holds the NBA record for most games played with 1,611 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

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