In remembrance of a Blazer legend and to send condolence to his family and loved ones,
Cliff Robinson meant a lot to me and so many others in Portland, basketball fans nationally and globally and also just as human being.
My heart is heavy with his passing, its hard sometimes to think that we've already lost 4 members of a title contending Trail blazers teams from the 1990s. These teams have long been a shining bright light on Portland's basketball heritage and history. Most players like Cliff were underdogs, they were never expected to achieve the heights they did. Cliffs motivation and dedication not only uplifted his game and potential but rose the psyche of our city.
My favorite memories of Cliff well can I say head band? Let's say he stood out out that way. Long, lanky, terrific defensive presence, great rebounder, springy athletic and able to slam with ease. Terrific shooter with range. As a kid i had my doubts to him shooting 3s but before long i started telling myself hes got that shot, its in his means , in his game. I remember a game where he and Drexler both scored 25 points and thinking it was the beginning of a duel attack for the Blazers.
Most of all, what i admired about Cliff Robinson was how he carried himself, calm and respectable demeanor, a gentleman, and someone who played his respects to Portland and the organization that gave him love. He etched a place in our hearts and left us far too soon.
He always seemed upbeat. Positive. And grateful. He fit in with the truly legendary Blazer contagious culture that HE and his teammates created! A great gift to a city that in some ways it was desperately.
I send my sincere , heartfelt , Rip City prayers to the Robinson family and gratuity to Uncle Cliff's contribution to our team and community.
- a Blazer fan since 1990, Cliffs rookie season let's think box cut flat top , pre headband.