|Posted by shawn cassidy on August 7, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
After Rondo went down last season, the Celtics went on a major run. Many fans had a pie in the sky attitude about how well the Celtics were playing. After Rondo was done, the Celtics were done. The Celtics could have, and should have beat the Knicks. Other than that, I couldn't see the Celtics winning banner 18 last season. It was fair of Danny to allow KG and Pierce a chance. It was a long shot, and they failed.
One member of the original Big Three has some disagreements with such a philosophy, at least when it comes to the handling of his trio, which brought three NBA championships to the city (1981, ’84, ’86).
“My philosophy is to ride that horse until you can’t ride it anymore,” Parish said yesterday at a Gillette event at the South Boston Boys & Girls Club. “I think Red got all the mileage that he could out of us before we were broken up.”
Parish was in town to promote “Passport to Manhood,” a program aimed at teaching pre-teens about health and hygiene as they make the transition into puberty. He watched Bird deal with multiple back injuries and McHale try to play with a screw in his foot, but still he would have played out the last couple of years the way it went down.
Although he differs with Ainge about the end his tenure, he believes the Celtics president of basketball operations made the correct move for Pierce and Garnett to chase another ring, especially when Rajon Rondo was lost with an ACL injury last season.
“I feel like he did it at the right time because he allowed those guys another run at the championship,” Parish said. “Rondo got hurt and I thought that really hampered their chance at a championship when he went down.”
Parish’s most productive seasons came in a Celtics uniform. He played 14 of his 21 seasons for the C’s and helped the team become a force in the 1980s, and in the process he stamped his Hall of Fame career by being named one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players.
Parish, the all-time leader in games played with 1,611, retired as a champion after the 1996-97 season, wrapping up his career with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Garnett and Pierce will have another shot at a ring with a deep Brooklyn team. Parish remembered how important it was for him to get another ring, even if he felt like he was just hanging on at the tail end of his career.
“One lucky (expletive). That’s the way that I look at it,” Parish, who played less than 10 minutes a night for Chicago, said jokingly. “All intents and purposes, my career was over. That was my 21st season. I felt my career was over after 18 years. I was just lucky enough that some teams were still interested in me for my last three years. I feel like Garnett and Pierce have another year, two years at the most, where they could be effective and play at a high level.
“Danny made a very prudent decision.”