Former Blazers star Cliff Robinson dies at 53

Cliff Robinson, a former NBA All-Star and the 1993 Sixth Man of the Year, has died at the age of 53, the UConn Huskies confirmed Saturday.

Robinson, known for his trademark headband, spent 19 seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets. He made the 1994 NBA All-Star Game and was named to two NBA All-Defensive second teams while averaging 14.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 1,380 career games — the 13th-most in NBA history.

Robinson also won an NIT title at UConn, which retired his No. 00 in 2007.

“The UConn Basketball family mourns the loss of a legendary player and person, Clifford Robinson,” the school said Saturday on Twitter. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Cliff’s family at this difficult time.”

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