To honor the late, great Trail Blazer, the family of Cliff Robinson started a fundraiser in his name to help support cancer research. According to the Team Cliff Robinson Fundraising Page, the family is “raising money for the Virtual Light The Night and also taking the 50 Mile Resilience Challenge.” As of this writing, the fundraiser has raised $3,604.00 of its $10,000 goal.
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 24, 2021 | 5:26 am EDT Update
Former EuroLeague center Tarik Black is back in the NBA. According to a tweet from the player’s agency Priority Sports, Black signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets to return to the league after spending the last three seasons in Europe.
Grizzlies PR: The @memgrizz today announced the team’s 2021 training camp roster. Memphis converted Yves Pons to a two-way contract and signed Shaq Buchanan and Sean McDermott. In addition, the Grizzlies waived Carsen Edwards and Daniel Oturu.
Kristaps Porzingis is entering his third full season with the Dallas Mavericks and is hoping for a fresh start under Jason Kidd after the team parted ways with Rick Carlisle. “I’ll say this: at the end of last year Porzingis wanted to be traded,” said Tim MacMahon on The Hoop Collective Podcast. “My understanding is he feels like he has a fresh start with the coaching change. He’s had the healthy offseason. He’s been able to work, not just on his game but on his body some more. That he’s coming back with a refreshed feel. “At the end of last year, he wasn’t going to come out and ask for a trade. He’s smart enough to understand the optics.”
“He’s already done that once,” replied Brian Windhorst. “But at the end of last year when he stood in the corner and checked the wind for an entire playoff series, he was hoping to be traded,” added MacMahon. “From what I gather, he’s coming back optimistic now.”
The team themselves have never addressed those reports, but during his customary preseason media availability, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka did push back on the sentiment of them nonetheless, disputing the premise of a question about whether keeping Talen Horton-Tucker or Caruso was “an either/or decision” for the team. “We made an aggressive attempt to re-sign Alex Caruso, and we made an aggressive attempt to keep Talen,” Pelinka said on Thursday. “That’s the thing with unrestricted free agency is that you can be in the mix, but players control the ultimate choice.”
“Alex was tremendous here as a championship player, and we’ll be forever grateful for his contributions and his growth,” Pelinka said. “Seeing him go from a G Leaguer, to a two-way (player), to an elite player was something we’ll always be proud of. But he had choices and he chose another team. We pursued him and wanted to keep him, same with Talen, and obviously came to a deal with Talen, and Alex moved on.”
The 6-9 James was listed as weighing 250 pounds last season. Entering his 19th season in the NBA and turning 37 in December, James felt he needed to make a change. “I think the thing that stands out is his fitness level, and he’s slimmed up,” Pelinka said on a videoconference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. “I think … we all know LeBron studies the greats and he adds things into his game and I think going into this stage of his career he’s made a decision to come back a little bit leaner and I think that’s going to translate in explosiveness and quickness.”