People gathered Saturday afternoon to celebrate the memory of the man who might be the best basketball player ever to come out of the Queen City. This event at Johnnie B. Wiley Stadium in the Fruit Belt gave people the chance to reflect on the life of Cliff Robinson, the Riverside High star who became an NBA all-star with the Portland Trail Blazers.
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 25, 2021 | 3:23 am EDT Update
Sources maintain the Cavs don’t have any “untouchables.” However, prized rookie Evan Mobley and rising point guard Darius Garland are closest to that designation. The likelihood of either player being moved is incredibly low. That leaves Collin Sexton, Isaac Okoro and future first-rounders to help cajole a Simmons deal.
LaVine is eligible for an extension but he likely won’t sign it. This is solely because the four-year, $105 million extension he is currently eligible for is far below the projected five-year, $207 million maximum contract he can re-sign with the Bulls for next summer. While Chicago could’ve used cap space to renegotiate LaVine’s $19.5 million salary to a maximum salary and extend him for an additional four years, they correctly utilized their flexibility to build the best possible team they can around him.
Even if the Bulls fail to make the playoffs again, he is still a good bet to re-sign with them given how little cap space there is elsewhere. Vucevic is also currently eligible for an extension worth up to three years, $85.5 million. He can only sign it during the offseason.
According to sources, the 76ers would want limited or no protections on those firsts in hopes of flipping them for an All-Star caliber player around the deadline. That, alone, would be incredibly risky for Cleveland — a still-rebuilding team that’s won 60 combined games over the last three years and is only projected to win around 26 this season. Even the addition of Simmons wouldn’t change the 2021-22 forecast that much, as the Cavs wouldn’t have enough short-term floor-spacers or shooters around the limited Simmons. Any deal would mean rejiggering the roster quite a bit.
Because Gupta has been elevated from inside the organization, it is conceivable that the Wolves can move right along and continue their talks with the Sixers without much of a diversion. Gupta and Morey worked together for years in Houston so there is background there, and sources say Gupta was involved in some of the talks with the Sixers earlier this summer before the conflict with Rosas reached its head.
The Raptors acquired Dragic in exchange for Lowry and his status with them has been reported as potentially headed towards a buyout. While Dragic is too talented to simply be waived, the Raptors will be hard-pressed to find a team eager to pay him $19 million this season. He could be headed towards a buyout if he’s still on the roster past thetrade deadline. Alternatively, he could be used as salary ballast as part of a larger deal and then subsequently bought out by his new team.
According to a report from Superbasket, free-agent big man Greg Monroe is among the names that Virtus Bologna is considering after the injury of Ekpe Udoh, who’ll most likely be sidelined for the season. Monroe spent last season with Khimki in Russia, averaging 16 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in VTB League.