Cliff Robinson may be gone, but he left the world a lot of fond memories

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    Former Trail Blazers big man Cliff Robinson, better known to Rip City as Uncle Cliffy, died Saturday, his family announced.

    The 6-foot-10 big man played at UConn from 1985-89, where he helped the Huskies win the 1988 NIT.  He was a second-round pick (36th overall) by the Trail Blazers in 1989 and spent the first eight years of his career in Portland. Uncle Cliffy helped the franchise reach the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992 and was the 1993 NBA 6th Man of the Year. In 1994, while with the Trail Blazers, he made his first and only All-Star Game. 

    From 1989-97, Robinson averaged 16.2 points per game; and totaled 3,352 rebounds and 1,350 assists while in a Trail Blazers uniform.

    After leaving Portland, Robinson went on to play four seasons with the Phoenix Suns; two seasons with the Detroit Pistons; three seasons with the New Jersey Nets; and two seasons with the Golden State Warriors.

    Wowww. Former Portland Trailblazers star Cliff Robinson passed away today. I remember him playing back in the day and also enjoyed watching him on @survivorcbs Cagayan ???? Prayers to him and his family. https://t.co/6x8DRTJV1F

    Here are more memories and condolences people have shared, which includes a lot of references to his patented headband.

    I forgot which game it was, but I remember Cliff Robinson making a shot and right after the Palace lights went out. The ref was joking that Cliff shot the lights out. https://t.co/JzidEtAoAY

    I remember being a huge Cliff Robinson fan as a kid when he played at UCONN. I also remember the time he told me to be great and pursue my dreams because they will come true. Thanks Cliff – I’m still pursuing my purpose for the people I serve. « Uncle Cliff » – RIP. ?? https://t.co/vbYjbiWJWI

    Guys what in the ? is going on? Now Cliff Robinson has died. I remember watching him, Clyde Drexler and The Blazers playing The Bulls in The Finals. Now he’s gone too at 53? My age. What is happening to our People ?. R.I.P Cliff Robinson ?? for your family

    Sad to hear on death of cliff robinson. He is important on buffalo ny high school basketball culture of 1980s. He was recruited by previous coach before calhoun to uconn. Current ru coach played with cliff at uconn. Buffalo ny will always remember cliff meaning of 1980s. https://t.co/nxtgXKfM3i

    People will argue with Wilt Chamberlain but growing up and watching basketball in the 90’s, Cliff Robinson was the man I’ll always remember who led the headband revolution.

    Cliff Robinson was one of the first NBA guys I remember seeing with a headband when I was becoming a fan. RIP. A tough week continues. https://t.co/zbA0WkBLbP

    More from Jim Calhoun on Cliff Robinson: « I remember the conversation I had with him [in 1986], ‘you’re either going to have your butt kicked out of here by my size 12’s, or you’re going to be a great NBA player.’ To his credit, he chose the latter. »

    Damn this sucks. Robinson used to live in my town and I’d see him at the supermarket occasionally. I remember when I saw him once and I stared at him like « Oh shit, that’s Cliff Robinson. » He gave me a head nod back and I was like ?. Dude was a baller in his playing days. RIP ? https://t.co/MgwppePqxA

    Cliff Robinson might’ve been the first headband god…I remember playing Live 95 just cuz he had a headband

    More from Jim Calhoun on Cliff Robinson: « I remember the conversation I had with him [in 1986], ‘you’re either going to have your butt kicked out of here by my size 12’s, or you’re going to be a great NBA player.’ To his credit, he chose the latter. »

    Chadwick Boseman and now Cliff Robinson dying way too young. R.I.P. and thank you for all your impact! ??

    Cliff Robinson was more than a great basketball player, he was a great man.The Robinson Network helps children’s charities by linking them with athletes to raise funds and awareness.Two groups that Cliff’s organization helped was Toys for Tots and Autism Speaks. pic.twitter.com/TiVDXC95Bu

    Jim Calhoun on Cliff Robinson: « He was our first great player… he came from a difficult background in Buffalo, I watched him evolve as a man … he was a good man, had a great career, and was instrumental in a lot of the great things that happened at UConn. »

    RIP CLIFF ROBINSON. SAD TO SEE YOU GO. ONE OF THE ALL TIME FAN FAVORITES pic.twitter.com/8s3Fzaw9oa

    My brother and I used to play entire seasons of NBA Basketball with Bulls vs. Lakers/Blazers on Sega Genesis. I once hit a game winner controlling Cliff Robinson. He was such a versatile player and a joy to watch on the court during the Jordan Era. RIP ??? https://t.co/xZWMhiVg0y

    Cliff Robinson, you will always be Uncle Cliffy to me. I thought you were only Brawn, and then we met and and it turns out you were Beauty and Brains as well. Thanks for playing Survivor. RIP. I wish we had another chance. Maybe one day….

    Cliff Robinson may be gone, but he left the world a lot of fond memories originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

    Source: https://sports.yahoo.com/cliff-robinson-may-gone-left-154420057.html

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