Magic Johnson: RIP to the late great Cliff Robinson. Cliff was the key to the Portland Trailblazers going to two NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. At 6’10” he was so versatile at his size! Offensively, he could shoot from the outside and take you off the dribble.
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 21, 2021 | 2:49 am EDT Update
Who would Wolves staff consider to be early candidates for the most improved player on the roster? 2) Do the Wolves see McKinley Wright IV as a sort of “Pat Bev-in-training”? 3) Will there really be a concerted effort to apply full-court defensive pressure? — @Tresio The two players I have heard a lot of buzz about looking great in workouts: McDaniels and (drum roll, please) … Russell. Sounds like he is locked in right now.
The 21-year-old guard should thrive in pick-and-roll action with Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley as rim rollers, while the addition of Lauri Markkanen, who shot 40.2 percent from downtown last season, will help space the floor and open pick-and-pop opportunities. “I think Garland’s kind of gotten lost in the shuffle in terms of people knowing who he is because of Colin Sexton,” an NBA scout opined. “If he stays healthy, I like picking him.”
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I have heard A-Rod and the new ownership is bully on the Wolves. What major moves do you predict they will make to improve the product in the next couple years? — @SPORTSviKINGs17 So far, it appears like the immediate target is just modernizing things, bringing a franchise that has often been at the back of the pack to more of the cutting edge when it comes to technology and innovation — that sort of thing. Of course, the main goal will be to make the Timberwolves more competitive on the floor, but I think there is a real emphasis on everything around the basketball, as well. What can be done to change the perception of the organization? They are taking a long look at culture and values and defining characteristics. Those might seem like mumbo jumbo to dyed-in-the-wool hoop heads, but those are things that Lore and Rodriguez are very familiar with in their other businesses. They can dive in on them right away as they work to get up to speed on the intricacies of basketball, the collective bargaining agreement and the team in general.