Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 11:34 am  |  21 responses

Robert Parish: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale Won’t Return My Calls

Once named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, Robert Parish now just wants to coach in the NBA. The only problem, according to the 59-year-old, is that former Celtic teammates and current NBA insiders Larry Bird and Kevin McHale won’t return his calls asking for help. From a story that ran A1 in Saturday’s Boston Globe: “‘People shouldn’t feel sad; they should help me get a job,’ said the Hall of Fame center with the deep voice on the other end. ‘I need a coaching job in the NBA. I’m restless and I need money.’…Parish, 59, said that Bird and McHale, both of whom have held coaching and front office jobs in the league (McHale is the coach of the Houston Rockets), have done nothing to help him in his quest to return to the NBA, although he says he has reached out to them. He calls his Hall of Fame teammates ‘acquaintances.’ ‘In my case, I don’t have any friends,’ Parish said. ‘I saw Kevin at an event; he said he was going to call me. He never called. I called Larry twice when he was at the Indiana Pacers; he never returned my call. And not just Larry. Across the board, most NBA teams do not call back. You need a court order just to get a phone call back from these organizations. I’m not a part of their fraternity.’ Bird has a rather different recollection. Traveling, he sent a concise text in response to questions from the Globe: ‘Robert never called me for a job. Period.’ McHale, for his part, expressed remorse in a voicemail. He said he tried to hire Parish when he was in Minnesota, but ‘I went back and checked . . . we were actually reducing spots at the time. Then I was let go from Minnesota.’”

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  • Redd

    Was I the only 1 who started laughing from reading the title..?

  • T-Money

    perhaps he’s a pain in the ass?

  • Max

    Definitely not lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    “‘I need a coaching job in the NBA. I’m restless and I need money.’


  • AL29

    - I haven’t worked since 1997, partially because I didn’t return calls from potential employers;
    - people don’t owe me anything but they should “step up” and employ me;
    - I need the money. Not because I’m broke, but because I spent 24 million dollars on my meticulously decorated home on a golf course;
    - forget about the drug charges and that time my wife made me beat her up after she caught me cheating on her. Just employ me, but not in Boston because it’s too cold there.

    I must now find my 1990 NBA Hoops Robert Parish basketball card and burn it.

  • bringbackthesonics

    sounds like another former celtic needs a hug

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Jus because you played in the League for an eternity doesn’t make you suitable for a head coaching job at any level let alone the nba….n dennis rodman once coached a topless basketball team, just had to throw that out there.

  • spit hot fiyah

    pretty bizzare article

  • The Philosopher

    Parish must have really been… the token.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    What does it say about you as a teammate and man when the guys you won numerous championships with don’t even return your call or what does it say about them?

  • TBRK

    my man said he’s restless and needs money…..lololololol, those ain’t hiring words patna.

  • TBRK

    basically we don’t want an NBA coach who pawns away his players’ jerseys and shoes after the game…

  • TBRK

    naw but seriously there is a bigger issue as far as league guys who aren’t in the quote on quote fraternity not being able to get jobs as coaches. In a few years we’re gonna have more video coordinators as head coaches then former leaguers

  • The Philosopher

    It means that Parish should just be happy and grateful that he got to eat from the same table. And that he didn’t have to eat the scrap leftovers.
    Parish was in the house. Dennis Johnson was in the house. But, he ended up in the field with Cedric Maxwell.
    And now, that is where Parish resides.

  • qwest27

    this comment had me laughing so hard i couldnt breath, its the funniest thing ive read all year, classic just hilarious. man i love it.

  • The Philosopher

    My bad, SLAM…

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    All the chiefing caught up with the Chief

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    shot himself in the foot

  • Ugh

    Damn, you followed his post-playing life tightly.

  • Adam Contreras

    McHale is a horrible coach & his system is very similar to D’Antoni System. I can’t judge on Bird coaching since he was a good coach.

  • tnrc75

    That’s a non-denial denial from Bird. Parish not saying he directly asked for a job.