The news of Cliff Robinson death has been doing rounds, and it is a complete loss to lose the all-rounder. He was a famous NBA All-star and passed away only at 53. University of Connecticut Huskies announced this with a Tweet on August 29. However, they did not reveal the reason of demise. Cliff Robinson is survived by his wife Heather Lufkins and Isaiah Robinson, their son.
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 🙏
Rest In Peace, Cliff. pic.twitter.com/Bp6Z5hbVUb
— UConn Men's Basketball (@UConnMBB) August 29, 2020
Cliff Robinson was a part of 18 seasons of NBA and played with Portland Trail Blazers, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, and Golden State Warriors. The excellent player had won NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 1993. He got an award for the best playing player who came off-bench or as substitute.
Cliff Robinson made it to the 1994 NBA All-Star Game and he became the part of the NBA All-Defensive Second Team two times, at 2000 and then in 2002. As per records of ESPN, his average was 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds across the 1,380 games he played in his career. He also holds the record of having the 13th score in the history of the NBA.
What caused the Cliff Robinson death?
Jim Calhoun, the former coach of Huskies, reported that Clifford suffered a stroke around two years back. He is in grief, as Robinson was a kid to him, one of the players he trained and watched him grow. He also said that Cliff was one of the best players and offered legitimacy to his training.
Cliff Robinson was a marijuana entrepreneur with a brand name, “Uncle Cliffy.” The man had won the NIT when playing for UConn between 1985 and 1989. Moreover, the team gave up number “00” in the year 2007.
Sports world mourn the demise
The Portland Trail Blazers gave out a statement expressing their sadness on the demise of Cliff Robinson. They said that he had unmatched energy and personality. Moreover, his contributions are unmistakable and have helped the Trail Blazers in the playoffs in all the eight seasons. They end the note by stating that they will greatly miss Uncle Cliffy.
Golden State Warriors sent out a tweet:
We’re shocked and saddened by the passing of Clifford Robinson. Clifford was a consummate professional who loved the game and played with an incredible sense of both joy and intensity. We extend our thoughts and prayers to family and friends of “Uncle Cliffy” during this time. pic.twitter.com/LLqFjJUHkh
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) August 29, 2020
In 2014, Cliff completed season 28 of the “Survivor”, and was 14th in the season dubbed, “Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty.” The man was in a remote island destination of Cagayan, playing with “Brawn” tribe. The man tried hard not to reveal his identity, but Woo Hwang, a participant, recognized the NBA champion.