Parish: 'You just have to be patient with [Celtics]'

Parish: 'You just have to be patient with [Celtics]'
October 20, 2013, 10:45 pm
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MONTREAL — Former Boston Celtics legend Robert Parish likes this current Celtics team; not for who they are but what he envisions they will become very soon.

"I think in probably two or three years, they'll be back," Parish, an NBA ambassador now, told Sunday night. "You just have to be patient with them."

That's easier said than done, especially when talking about a sports-crazy town like Boston where you have the Red Sox in the World Series, the Patriots as one of the top teams in the AFC and the Bruins one of the early front-runners to make a run towards the Stanley Cup.

Parish, who won four NBA titles (1981, 1984, 1986 in Boston and a fourth in 1997 with the Chicago Bulls) during a Hall of Fame career that spanned three decades, asking for patience from Celtics fans is well, asking a lot.

"The Boston fans are spoiled," quipped Parish. "It's our fault (Celtics) for all our success over the years. Not only our success, but the Bruins and the Patriots and the Red Sox. The Boston fan base across the board is spoiled. I'm sure it'll be difficult for them to be patient."

Parish's optimism in the Celtics future has to do with more than the players on the current roster.

He's also a big believer in his former teammate Danny Ainge, the Celtics' president of basketball operations, as well as the team's new head coach, Brad Stevens.

"I give a lot of credit to Danny," Parish said. "He has a talent for masking really good, young talent that can help you win a championship. You just have to be patient with them."

And in Stevens, Parish said the Celtics "have a young college coach and I'm sure they'll be patient with him.

Parish added, "He's smart, hard-working and all his teams play with aggressive energy and good effort. That's what it takes to be successful, especially on the pro level."