Ahead of a critical game 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Portland Trail Blazers organization and players received some heart-breaking news.
Former Trail Blazers great Cliff Robinson passed away on Saturday. He was 53.
Uncle Cliffy was one of the greatest to come through Rip City, during his 18-year NBA career.
On Saturday, the Blazers honored Robinson with each player sporting a black headband during the game, a signature trademark of Uncle Cliffy.
Just before tip-off, both teams recognized a moment of silence for Robinson, Lute Olson and Chadwick Boseman.
The 6-foot-10 big man played at UConn from 1985-89, where he helped the Huskies win the 1988 NIT. He was a second-round pick (36th overall) by the Trail Blazers in 1989 and spent the first eight years of his career in Portland. Uncle Cliffy helped the franchise reach the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992 and was the 1993 NBA 6th Man of the Year. In 1994, while with the Trail Blazers, he made his first and only All-Star Game.
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