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NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson dies at 53

August 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Cliff Robinson, NBA All-Star who played with the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, has died at the age of 53.

(CNN)Cliff Robinson, NBA All-Star who played with the Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns, has died at the age of 53.

"The UConn Basketball family mourns the loss of a legendary player and person, Clifford Robinson," the University of Connecticut Men's Basketball Team tweeted Saturday morning.

Robinson was a former player for the university.

The former player from Buffalo, New York, was drafted out of the University of Connecticut to play for the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989 and was a critical player for the eight seasons he played there.

"He was our first great player. . .

Robinson helped lead the Trail Blazers to two NBA Finals and won the 1993 Sixth Man of the Year Award before playing for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets.

Many of Robinson's former teams and teammates honored him in tributes shared on Twitter.

"The Trail Blazers organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Trail Blazers great Cliff Robinson.

Uncle Cliffy will be greatly missed by the Trail Blazers & all of Rip City," his former team said on Twitter.

Rex Chapman, who played with Robinson during his time with the Phoenix Suns, mourned him on Twitter.

Devastated with the passing of one of the best teammates ever - Clifford Robinson," Chapman said.

Mario Eli, Robinson's teammate with the Trailblazers and the Suns, also honored the NBA star.

The Golden State Warriors also mourned the former player and highlighted his love of basketball.

"We're shocked and saddened with the death of Clifford Robinson at the much-too-young age of 53," the Golden State Warriors said in a statement.

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