Livingston’s gambling worsened with large amounts of money he earned in the NBA. High stakes card games of tunk, poker and bouree were commonplace with the players on team planes and in hotels to kill time. He said he gambled with the likes of Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Clyde Drexler while playing for the Rockets. Livingston said a bouree card game went into a bad direction on a Suns private plane once when it led to a fight between his then-teammates Cliff Robinson against Penny Hardaway and Todd Day. “Me, Cliff, Penny and Todd were all playing bouree and the pot got up there to $30,000,” Livingston said. “And something was said to Todd by Cliff, who finally won a pot. We were beating Cliff every road trip. Someone said, ‘That post has to go back to [Day].’ Cliff went crazy. We had season-ticket holders on the plane. The Suns let family and anyone on the plane. A fight broke out and they grabbed each other. Cliff fell and Todd stomped him. It was crazy.”
Cliff Robinson Rumors
An event to remember the late Cliff Robinson will be held this weekend in Buffalo at Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion, 1100 Jefferson Ave. The event, which is free and open to the public, runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It will include live music and guest speakers.
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.