It’s with a heavy heart that I report former NBA all-star Cliff Robinson affectionately known as “Uncle Cliffy” has passed away at 53. 

Cliff’s family confirmed his passing, but his cause of death has not been disclosed, though former Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said Robinson had a stroke 2½ years ago.


Nicknamed “Uncle Cliffy” and known for his trademark headband, Robinson spent 18 seasons in the NBA, winning the 1993 Sixth Man of the Year award and earning an All-Star nod.

At 6-foot-11, he had the size of a center but was a skilled outside shooter, a predecessor of the modern NBA big man.

The Portland Trail Blazers released the following statement via Twitter:

Read the full statement below:

The Trail Blazers organization is deeply saddened by the passing of Trail Blazers great Cliff Robinson. Robinson started his career in Portland in 1989 and stayed for eight seasons before continuing his 18-year career in the NBA.

His personality and energy were unmatched, and his contributions on the court were unmistakable, helping the Trail Blazers into the playoffs each of his eight seasons with the team. His streak of 461 consecutive games played with the Trail Blazers still stands as a franchise record, which is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the team.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to Cliff’s family and loved ones. Uncle Cliffy will be greatly missed by the Trail Blazers and all of Rip City.

Cliff Robinson was also a UConn alum. They also released a statement in regards to his passing.

My sincerest condolences and prayers to the Robinson family and all who knew and loved “Uncle Cliffy.”

Rest in paradise.

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