On some occasions, a bubbly, energetic and eager rookie named Cliff Robinson would venture into the locker room after undergoing an extensive warmup routine and urge Drexler to get his game face on. “Come on, Clyde, we’ve got to get ready!” Robinson would say. Drexler, seven years into his career, would stare at the 6-foot-10 forward like the overzealous rookie Robinson was and think: “He’s telling me how to prepare?” At the same time, Drexler appreciated Robinson for his competitive zeal. “He was always so fired up and ready to go,” Drexler said. “Cliff was intense.”
Robinson admitted to using cannabis during his career. He said it helped him handle his anxiety and believed using it helped lengthen his time in the NBA. “(I want) to knock down the myth that athletes and cannabis don’t mix,” Robinson said in 2017. “I played 18 years in the NBA and I used cannabis on and off along the way and I didn’t have a problem.”
Robinson’s signature headband, which only enhanced his adopted persona, often drew playful jeers from his teammates. “He loved that, though,” Drexler said. “That was his thing. ‘Uncle Cliffy.’ He thought that was funny.” Robinson often had a playful sense of humor, Drexler remembers. “He was funny,” Drexler said. “He was always cracking jokes. He had a good sense of humor but he was always pretty lighthearted.” Come game time, however, Robinson would become serious. “Cliff was an intense competitor,” Drexler said with a laugh. “The key word is ‘competitor.’ He didn’t like to lose.”
Rex Chapman: 2020 sucks. Devastated with the passing of one of the best teammates ever - Clifford Robinson. Guy absolutely loved to hoop. Never missed practice. Guarded the toughest guy every night and was a walking bucket. A great dad. Laughed every day. Res, bro. Rest, Cliffy.
Danny Ainge: It’s a sad day....What an honor it was to play with Cliff @Portland Trail Blazers and also coach him @Phoenix Suns. What a great player and a fun teammate! He found joy in his work! I will always remember him for his exceptional talent, his passion and his effort. #RIPCliffRobinson
The Trail Blazers organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Trail Blazers great Cliff Robinson. 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.
Mirjam Swanson: Mavs' Rick Carlisle on the passing of Cliff Robinson, whom he coached twice: "He's one of the most underrated players in the history of the league. ... Very sad day, died far too young."
Kevin Love: RIP Clifford Robinson - some of my earliest memories of NBA basketball were of you as the lifeblood to those early/mid 90’s Blazers teams. The Memorial Coliseum days!! RIP to a Portland legend.
LaMarcus Aldridge: Damn... RIP🙏🏾... Been saying this a little too much lately. pic.twitter.com/SNJfb91vks
Detlef Schrempf: Chadwick Boseman and now Cliff Robinson dying way too young. R.I.P. and thank you for all your impact! Folded handsFolded hands
Claudine Ewing: #BREAKING The family of Cliff Robinson, former NBA All-Star, UConn alum and Riverside High graduate says he has died. @WGRZ
Chris Haynes: In another devastating blow, former Portland Trail Blazers great Clifford Robinson has passed away.
Clevis Murray: 19-year NBA vet James “Buddha” Edwards has announced on Instagram the passing of 18-year NBA vet Cliff Robinson. Robinson, a former NBA All-Star and UConn alum, became a huge advocate for the legalization of cannabis and was an entrepreneur within that space.
UConn Men's Basketball: The UConn Basketball family mourns the loss of a legendary player and person, Clifford Robinson. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cliff’s family at this difficult time Folded hands. Rest In Peace, Cliff.
Tim Graham: Cliff Robinson had been hospitalized for a long time. We had a deal that when he went home I would visit him in Portland for a story. That opportunity never came. RIP to one of WNY's all-time greats.
September 20, 2021 | 8:16 am EDT Update
UNICS Kazan announced the signing of former Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo. The 33-year-old veteran will make his european debut in VTB League and the EuroLeague this season, signing a one-year deal with the club. Mayo has 573 NBA games under his belt, with the Memphis Grizzlies, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.0 steal per contest.
“Shabazz Napier underwent a comprehensive examination. He has a rather serious injury to the ligaments of the right ankle joint. On the positive side, I can say that there is no fracture and, therefore, there is no need for surgery, of the minuses, the recovery time is still unknown. We have all the necessary conditions to get him back on the floor quickly. All is needed is the support of the fans,” general manager Alexander Tserkovny said. Napier moved to Europe after six years in the NBA and showed promise in front of the season. In the first VTB SuperCup game, against UNICS, he banked in 33 points on 8-11 shooting including 6-8 from deep. He also dished out four assists during the 30 minutes on the floor.
Organizers of a planned museum about basketball great Larry Bird in Terre Haute are starting to assemble thousands of items ahead of its expected opening next year. The museum will be part of the new Terre Haute Convention Center, which remains under construction with an anticipated completion date of March 2022. It will include items donated by Bird and others from his career with the Boston Celtics, Indiana State University and the U.S. Olympic team. The site for work on cataloging the memorabilia is being modified for security and should be ready within weeks, the Tribune-Star reported.
September 20, 2021 | 4:09 am EDT Update
According to a league source, projections indicate that a $171 million salary cap is possible, assuming no cap smoothing, by 2025. Should the NBPA instead agree to cap smoothing, it’s likely the league will still see annual increases to the extent of $15 million, according to source.
The NBA also has a $1.5 billion streaming deal with Chinese-based company Tencent Holdings. “I think everyone expects that so long as the public is demonstrating through ratings that they are watching the NBA, you can probably expect increases there as well,” said former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson. “I would think the NBA is going to look for significant increases.”
Brother Pau Gasol recently spoke with Spanish newspaper Marca, and the topic of Marc’s future came up. “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides. I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.“