Today in Sports History: January 4

By Brandon Zhu

In 1992, Boston Celtics player Robert Parish became the fifth player in NBA history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Eaton, Wayne Rollins and George Johnson) to register 2,000 career blocks during the Celtics’ 100-96 road loss at Minnesota. Parish finished his career with 2,361 blocks, ranked no.11 on the NBA All-Time blocks leaders list. Parish played 21 seasons in the NBA, the second most seasons played by any player, and won four NBA championships. The 8th pick in the 1976 NBA draft, Parish was known for his defense and late game rebounding skills. Parish played a key role in helping the Celtics secure three NBA championships in 1981, 1984, and 1986. In 14 seasons and 1106 games with the Celtics, Parish averaged a double-double of 16.5 points, 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Parish was a 9x All-Star and inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. His number 00 was retired by the Boston Celtics.

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