Trail Blazers, UConn Great Cliff Robinson Dies At 53

Written by on August 29, 2020

Cliff Robinson, 18-year NBA veteran and legendary UConn participant, has died at age 53.

The reason for loss of life has not but been made public.

Robinson, born in Buffalo, New York in 1966, was instrumental to organising UConn as nationwide contender in faculty basketball. Coach Jim Calhoun was employed in Robinson’s sophomore yr, and the change in teaching paid off in a giant approach. Robinson discovered how one can match into Calhoun’s plans and collectively they helped UConn achieve nationwide discover for the primary time ever once they gained the NIT championship in 1988.

Cliff Robinson in 2011

Cliff Robinson in 2011

That set the stage for UConn’s future prominence, and Calhoun mentioned on Saturday that Robinson was UConn’s first nice participant.

In 1999, Robinson was named to UConn’s All-Century Crew. His quantity, 00, was retired by UConn in 2007. 

After Robinson graduated in 1989, he was picked within the second spherical by the Portland Path Blazers, kicking off an 18-year NBA profession. He would play for the Blazers for eight years, making the playoffs every time and serving to take the Blazers to the NBA finals in 1990 and 1992, although they misplaced each instances. He was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Yr in 1993 and an all-star in 1994. He performed 461 straight video games for the Blazers to start out his profession, which nonetheless stands as a franchise document.

Cliff Robinson takes a foul shot during in game against the Washington Bullets in 1995.

Cliff Robinson takes a foul shot throughout in sport in opposition to the Washington Bullets in 1995.

After leaving the Blazers, Robinson signed with the Phoenix Suns, the place he’d keep for 4 seasons. He hung out with the Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, and New Jersey Nets earlier than retiring in 2007. He violated the NBA’s drug coverage a couple of instances throughout his profession, the primary time in 2001 when he was arrested for marijuana possession and driving below the affect. He was suspended one sport. He was suspended 5 video games in 2005 and once more in 2006 for marijuana use.

After retirement, Robinson turned his love of marijuana right into a enterprise. He turned a supporter of legalization and established the “Uncle Cliffy” model of hashish merchandise. He was additionally a contestant on the fact present “Survivor” in 2013.

Robinson suffered a mind hemorrhage in 2017, which precipitated him to have a stroke. He additionally had a tumor faraway from his jaw in 2018, which Robinson introduced on his Twitter account.

The basketball world mourns Robinson’s loss of life

When the information of Robinson’s loss of life broke on Saturday morning, the response on social media was rapid. Followers, associates, and gamers shared their reminiscences and celebrated his accomplishments amid an outpouring of sympathy for the much-loved Uncle Cliffy.

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