Clifford ‘Uncle Cliffy’ Robinson passed away on August 29, 2020. He will be greatly missed. This website will be revamped soon to honor Cliff and to serve as a tribute to his legacy. Below is a statement from the Robinson family about Cliff’s passing:
Clifford Ralph Robinson was known as an NBA player that played 18 years in the League. He scored more points than some of the NBA’s 50 greatest players including Magic Johnson, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin McHale and Scottie Pippen. He currently ranks 54th on the NBA “All-Time” scoring list.
Scoring points wasn’t the only contribution he made to his teams, he was also a two-time member of the NBA “All Defensive” team, a former recipient of the NBA Sixth Man of the Year” award in 1993, selected as a NBA All-Star in 1994, played in three straight Western Conference finals and had two appearances in the NBA finals. Clifford definitely has an Hall of Fame resume and always brought his best to the game of basketball.
Clifford Robinson went on to support his alma mater University of Connecticut and legendary coach Jim Calhoun in many charity endeavors including the Celebrity Classic and upon his retirement he was active with many charities in the Portland area in conjunction with the Portland Trailblazers
Basketball was just something that he did well, but it did not define who he was as a man and especially to the people who loved and knew him. Clifford arrived in Portland Oregon in 1989 with that vivacious smile and zest for life. He befriended a native of Portland and immediately started to bring his family to Portland from Buffalo, NY. Before you knew it, he had formed a melting pot of friends and extended family thus affectionately known as the “Robinson Clan”. His wonderful mother Helena Horne, often came and visited for many years before finally moving to Portland permanently thus making his world complete.
Clifford continued to carry that competitive spirit and loved to spend his summers riding sand rails at Sand Lake, bowling and golfing, he even appeared on the show Survivor.
In this day, where the call for social justice and reform are being demanded loud and clear, and today’s NBA players are speaking out, Clifford was ahead of his time as he saw the value of building bridges between the Buffalo Police Force and community long ago. He felt it was important to sponsor the Police Basketball League in his hometown in hopes to increase better community relationships.
On July 30, 2020, he was asked by his friend, “What do you think about the NBA Chief Executive Officer Adam Silver supporting the players in their call for Social Justice? He said, “They’re trying, took a minute, but I applaud them”.
Clifford loved his family, friends and fans! He was a fighter and had a mental fortitude that was priceless. He leaves behind his mother, Helena Horne, sister Alisa, brothers Craig, Torrey and Rashard and his beautiful children Jessica, Jaylen, Isaiah, Savanna and twins Clifford and Lyle Robinson and a host of his very dear friends.
Clifford was taken too soon, but it wasn’t for the lack of not fighting his year long battle with Lymphoma. He will be terribly missed, but we are all so grateful that this effervescent human being was placed in our lives and we believe the world was a better place because he was in it.
Love the Robinson Clan❤