Cliff Robinson

The real reason Michael Jordan shrugged his shoulders after hitting those 6 threes

The real reason Michael Jordan shrugged his shoulders after hitting those 6 threes

In preparation for an upcoming documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, there is a lot of Jordan talk going around right now, particularly at the four-letter network.

And when showing highlights of Jordan's incredible career, it never takes long to get to what people call the "shrug game." That's Game 1 of 1992 NBA Finals when Jordan knocks down six straight three-pointers in a half and then turns toward a camera and shrugs. I've heard all sorts of explanations for that shrug, including one that involved Jordan not believing the Trail Blazers were leaving him open to make those shots.

First, let me say some of those attempts were taken with Clifford Robinson guarding him. Robinson was 6-9 and a terrific defender at four positions.

But most important, the one thing nobody ever points out was that Jordan was a terrible three-point shooter at that stage of his career. Teams would dare him to take those shots. Jordan, in fact, shot just 27 percent from three-point range during the 1991-92 regular season.

That's right, 27 percent! And that's why in that season, he averaged only 1.3 three-point attempts per game.

I was there in Chicago Stadium when Jordan hit those threes and I always felt the one and only reason that he shrugged his shoulders the way he did was:

Of all the fantastic things he did in his career, Michael Jordan himself simply couldn't believe he did THAT.

Cliff Robinson recovering following minor brain hemorrhage

Cliff Robinson recovering following minor brain hemorrhage

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 14, 2017) – In the aftermath of a recent medical emergency which still has him hospitalized at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, former Portland Trail Blazers great Cliff Robinson today has issued the following statement about his condition:

“I want Trail Blazers fans and friends to know I’m doing well and in the process of getting better.  My family and I appreciate the prayers and well-wishes for my recovery.  I had an unfortunate incident with a minor brain hemorrhage which means I’ll be in rehabilitation for a while.  But I’m excited about trying to get past this speed bump.  I’m improving every day.”

Drafted by the Trail Blazers out of the University of Connecticut in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft with the 36th pick overall, Robinson played 644 games for Portland.  From 1989 through 1997, Robinson averaged 16.2 points per game; and totaled 3,352 rebounds and 1,350 assists while in a Trail Blazers uniform.  In 1993, Robinson was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year; and was an NBA All-Star selection in 1994.  After leaving Portland, Robinson went on to play four seasons with the Phoenix Suns; two seasons with the Detroit Pistons; three seasons with the New Jersey Nets; and two seasons with the Golden State Warriors.