Former UConn Basketball Player, Cliff Robinson has passed away at 53.
For those who may not know, Robinson was a standout player during his time at UCONN and immediately made an impact when he came into the NBA. As a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, Robinson got to play in an NBA Finals back in 1992 and was named the sixth man of the year in the following season in 1993.
Robinson’s career went all the way until 2007 where he retired as a member of New Jersey Nets. In between his Trail Blazers and Nets days, Robinson got to play for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, and Golden State Warriors. His longevity in the league speaks to just how hard of a worker he was out on the court.
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
The news came as a sad shock to numerous NBA fans, especially those in Portland who grew up idolizing Robinson. He was one of those memorable role players who always brought energy to the floor and his signature headbands were something young fans always loved to mimic.
Below, you can see what fans had to say about the Basketball player.
RIP CLIFF ROBINSON. SAD TO SEE YOU GO. ONE OF THE ALL TIME FAN FAVORITES pic.twitter.com/8s3Fzaw9oa
— TRILLBLAZIN (@TRILLBLAZIN) August 29, 2020
RIP Cliff Robinson. The Portland Trail Blazers from 1989 to 1992 were one of the best teams to never win a championship. It’s hard to believe Cliff, Jerome Kersey and Kevin Duckworth are gone. pic.twitter.com/JVlf9yLIXr
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 29, 2020
People forget just how important Cliff Robinson was to those early @DetroitPistons teams in '01 and '02. Durable as hell, reliable scorer, good teammate.
Helped create the foundation for the '04 championship team.
R.I.P. Uncle Cliff pic.twitter.com/I45kAhReMs
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) August 29, 2020
Cliff Robinson made me wanna wear a head band. One of the first stretch bigs ever. One of my favorite players growing up.
Rest In Peace, Cliff. https://t.co/d85JBdAcCl
— Roosh (@RooshWilliams) August 29, 2020
Damn man. Very unrated n under appreciated star in the 90s. Always put on a show w him n Clyde in Bulls Blazers(I’m sega genesis years old lol) Rest Easy Cliff #rip #CliffRobinson #miss90sbasketball #respect https://t.co/3t2tecvPpN
— Anthony Kass (@AnthonyKass013) August 29, 2020
Cliff Robinson is a Blazers Legend and was one of the coolest damn players in the NBA. RIP Uncle Cliffy.
— Joe Simons (@joesimonssays) August 29, 2020