NBA Rumor: Cliff Robinson Death

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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’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.”

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.
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