By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NBA player Clifford Robinson has passed away. He was 53.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, in 2019, he was underwent treatment for cancer.
“The Trail Blazers organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Trail Blazers great Cliff Robinson,” the Trail Blazers said in a statement. “Robinson started his career in Portland in 1989 and stayed for eight seasons before continuing his 18-year career in the NBA. His personality and energy were unmatched, and his contributions on the court were unmistakable, helping the Trail Blazers into the playoffs each of his eight seasons with the team. His streak of 461 consecutive games played with the Trail Blazers still stands as a franchise record, which is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the team.
“We extend our heartfelt condolences to Cliff’s family and loved ones. Uncle Cliffy will be greatly missed by the Trail Blazers and all of Rip City.”
Robinson played for the Trail Blazers from 1989 through 1997. He also played for the Phoenix Suns from 1997-2001.
After playing for the Suns, he also played for the Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, and the New Jersey Nets.
He was a member of the 1994 All-Star game, representing the Western Conference. In 1993, he was the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
Robinson also was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second-Team in 2000 with the Suns. He was also a member of the All-Defensive Second-Team in 2002 with the Pistons.
The Buffalo, New York native — who resided near Portland, Oregon before his death — was a second-round pick by the Trail Blazers in the 1989 NBA Draft. He played college basketball with the Connecticut Huskies from 1985-1989.
“The UConn Basketball family mourns the loss of a legendary player and person, Clifford Robinson,” the Huskies said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Cliff’s family at this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Cliff.”
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