NBA Insiders Share Interesting Stories of Former All-Star Cliff Robinson

Published 08/29/2020, 12:59 PM EDT


Cliff Robinson was the classic NBA journeyman. While he never broke through at the top, he made a formidable career in the middle. He was in the league for 18 long seasons, a feat few NBA players can achieve. He maintained this longevity with astute defensive play and a good attitude (and cannabis).

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The news of Robinson’s death broke the same day as that of Chadwick Boseman. Boseman was a noted actor, with his role as ‘Black Panther’ in 2018 helping him to mainstream fame. Robinson was a noted advocate of marijuana usage amongst NBA players, promoting it as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. He transitioned from his playing career by becoming a marijuana entrepreneur.

Tributes have come for Robinson from across the NBA world. However, the sadness of the tragedy is felt by everyone.

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Cliff Robinson and his legacy

Robinson may not rank amongst the greats, but he had an impact on basketball history. He is a two-time All-NBA Second Team Defender and was one of the first examples of a sweet-shooting big man. In his 18 seasons, Robinson saw the playoffs 17 times. While whenever won a ring, he had over 140 appearances in the post-season.

Robinson entered the league playing for the Portland Trailblazers. He was 36th pick in the 1989 Draft, going in the second round. He played in two NBA Finals for Portland, losing in both. ‘Uncle Cliffy’ would then make his way to the Phoenix Suns, having a 50-point game for the team. He would spend two years apiece in Detroit, Golden State, and Brooklyn before calling it a career in 2007.

Robinson will forever be cherished by basketball fans for his prominence through the 90s and 2000s.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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