Celtics icon Robert Parish pumps brakes on Brad Stevens praise: 'Win something first'

We have officially reached the saturation point of the Brad Stevens love fest.

The Boston coach has been heaped with praise for guiding the Celtics to the Eastern Conference finals while playing much of the season and all of the playoffs without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving.

Some think the accolades are too much, including LeBron James who told NESN that the acclaim for Stevens is “a little bit overblown.” For the record, James said that before he and his Cleveland Cavaliers got owned by the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. 

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - MARCH 23: Coach Brad Stevens talks with Mike Green #10 of the Butler Bulldogs during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second round of the East Regional as part of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center on March 23, 2008 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 02: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs claps during practice prior to the 2010 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 2, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs reacts while taking on the Michigan State Spartans during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs talks with his team while taking on the Michigan State Spartans during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
5 APR 2010: Butler University head coach Brad Stevens urges his team on during the championship game of the Men's Final Four Basketball Championship held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Duke went on to defeat Butler 61-59 to claim the championship title. Ryan McKee/NCAA Photos via Getty Images
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 01: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs addresses the media during practice prior to the 2011 Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 1, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 04: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs claps from the sidelines against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Butler head coach Brad Stevens answers questions during an interview session at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, Friday, March 22, 2013. Butler will face Marquette in a third-round game in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. (Pablo Alcala/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
WALTHAM, MA - JULY 5: The Celtics introduced their new head coach Brad Stevens at their Waltham practice facility. BostonGlobe staff photo by John Tlumacki. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 7: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics meets with his team during a time out against the Toronto Raptors on October 7, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 23: Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens stood along the team's bench. The Boston Celtics play the Brooklyn Nets in a preseason game at TD Garden in Boston, Oct. 23, 2013. (Photo by Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics watches on against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on November 25, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
BOSTON - JANUARY 17: Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens calls out a play from the sidelines. Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (#9) returns to action against the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden in his first game back since suffering a season ending knee injury in 2013. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WALTHAM, MA - JUNE 30: Danny Ainge, left, president of basketball operations, and head coach Brad Stevens at the press conference. The Boston Celtics introduce their new draft picks, Marcus Smart and James Young, on Monday, June 30, 2014. (Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 22: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game at TD Garden on October 22, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 19: Brad Stevens Head Coach of the Boston Celtics speaks to the media after a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 19, 2014 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 01: Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics directs his team during the game against the Golden State Warriors at TD Garden on March 1, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 26: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics hug after Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2015 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
November 4, 2015: Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens during a NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on during the preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on October 13, 2016 in New York City. NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19: Western Conference All-Stars Head Coach Steve Kerr and Eastern Conference All-Stars Head Coach Brad Stevens talks to the media following the NBA All-Star Game as part of 2017 All-Star Weekend at the Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/NBAE via Getty Images)
WALTHAM, MA - MAY 18: Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is pictured as he takes questions from reporters concerning his team's Game One loss in Waltham, MA on May 18, 2017. The Boston Celtics had a practice session in preparation for Game Two of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff series. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 10: Jaylen Brown #7 and Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics talk before Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON - JANUARY 5: Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens calls out a play during the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics host the Minnesota Timberwolves in a regular season NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston on Jan. 5, 2018. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 31: Jaylen Brown #7 talks to head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics during a gem against the Toronto Raptors at TD Garden on March 31, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 26: Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics talks to the media after the game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game Six of the Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2018 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 7: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 13: Head coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second quarter in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Robert Parish: Call me when Brad Stevens has rings

Now there’s Celtics on Celtics crime. Hall of Famer Robert Parish, who won three NBA titles with Boston alongside Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, isn’t buying the hype for Stevens. His beef is that Stevens, 41, hasn’t won multiple NBA championships.

“I think he gets a little too much praise, but I like what he’s doing,” Parish said on Sirius XM NBA Radio. “They’re giving him all the love like he won three or four championships. Come on now. Win something first, with all the love he’s getting.

“Now granted, don’t get me wrong, he’s a solid coach. I’ll give him that. The love he’s getting from the media, you’d think the Celtics won two or three championships. You would think.”

Not Parish’s first controversial Celtics take

That is a hot take, indeed, coming from a Celtics icon in the midst of a red-hot Boston playoff run. It’s not the first time Parish has taken on a controversial Celtics opinion.

Parish told reporters ahead of Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement in February that he believed Pierce to be the best offensive player in team history. Again, Parish won three championship playing alongside Larry Bird.

Parish anointing Stevens as a “solid coach” right now while calling him out for zero rings when he’s had the Celtics ahead of schedule at almost every juncture of his five-year tenure is borderline absurd.

It’s also candid and entertaining and a welcome addition to the NBA playoffs dialogue.

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