Cliff Robinson Rumors
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.”