Robert Lee Parish was born on August 30, 1953. 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, he 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. He got his monicker from former Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell because of his stoic nature.
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