Former NBA All-Star Clifford Robinson dies
Just when we’re reeling from the death of Chadwick Boseman, we receive some tragic news yet again – this time the sudden passing of former NBA player Clifford Robinson.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports initially broke the sad news through Twitter.
In another devastating blow, former Portland Trail Blazers great Clifford Robinson has passed away.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 29, 2020
Which was also confirmed by Shams Charania later.
18-year NBA veteran Cliff Robinson has died. Robinson, 53, was an All-Star in 1994 and Sixth Man of the Year in 1993 after standout collegiate run at UConn. RIP.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 29, 2020
Details of Robinson’s death has yet to be revealed as of this writing.
Retired NBA star Caron Butler is the first to react to Robinson’s passing on Twitter.
Rest In Peace 🙏🏿 https://t.co/nPFOldOsyA
— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) August 29, 2020
Robinson entered the NBA as a second-round pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989, becoming one of the best draft steals of all time and playing for the franchise for eight seasons. The 6-foot-10 forward was heralded as being ahead of his time for his ability to score from the perimeter like a wing with range extending all the way to the 3-point line. In addition to that, he was a versatile defender capable of guarding multiple positions. In 19 NBA seasons, he has one All-Star appearance, a Sixth Man of the Year award, and was named to 2 All-Defensive teams.
The Husky alum was affectionately referred to as “Uncle Cliffy” for a playoff victory dance he performed during the 1992 Western Conference Finals. The nickname stuck and was even more appropriate as the aging Robinson was still hanging around and contributing admirably in his late 30s with the Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets before hanging his sneakers for good following the 2007 season. For a while, Robinson held the record of being the first NBA player to play in three different decades before being joined by San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan later.
Robinson also starred in a season of hit reality show Survivor.
We extend our deepest condolences to Robinson’s family.