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.
Robinson, known for his trademark headband, spent 18 seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets. He made the 1994 NBA All-Star Game and was named to two NBA All-Defensive second teams while averaging 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 1,380 career games — the 13th-most in NBA history.
Trip to North Korea
In 2014, Robinson was named to a team assembled by Dennis Rodman as part of his “basketball diplomacy” effort in North Korea with the job of playing an exhibition match against the Northern Korean Senior National Basketball Team to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong-un.
The team also included Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker, Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, Sleepy Floyd, Charles D. Smith, and four “streetballers”
Cliff Robinson Death Reason
Robinson suffered a stroke in March 2017 that paralyzed the left side of his body, but he soon recovered much of his arm and leg movement. Robinson had a tumor removed from his jaw in March 2018.
As of 2017, Robinson resided in the West Hills area of Portland, Oregon. In March 2019, he underwent surgery for cancer treatment. Robinson died on August 29, 2020 at the age of 53.
We extend our thoughts and prayers to family and friends of “Uncle Cliffy” during this time.