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Cliff Robinson      

Retired NBA Forward

Clifford Ralph "Cliff" Robinson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for five teams throughout his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

obinson played college ball at the University of Connecticut. On February 5, 2007, Robinson's number "00" was retired at Gampel Pavilion during halftime of a UConn basketball game against Syracuse as part of the "Huskies of Honor" ceremony which recognized personal accomplishments of 13 former players and three coaches.

Robinson was selected with the 36th overall pick (2nd round) in the 1989 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. Robinson played for the Trail Blazers for eight seasons. Portland made the playoffs each year Robinson was on the team, and played in the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992.

Robinson signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent on August 25, 1997, where he remained for four more seasons. Robinson was traded to the Detroit Pistons on June 29, 2001 in exchange for Jud Buechler and John Wallace. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors on August 21, 2003, along with Pepe Sánchez, in exchange for Bob Sura. Although he played all 82 games during the regular season, it would be the first season in his career where he would not participate in the NBA playoffs.

On February 14, 2005, Golden State traded Robinson to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for two second-round draft picks. He was released by the Nets in July 2007. Robinson then retired.

In 2014, Robinson was named to a team assembled by Dennis Rodman as part of his "basketball diplomacy" effort in North Korea with the job of playing an exhibition match against the North Korean Senior National Team to celebrate the birthday of Kim Jong-un. The team also included Kenny Anderson, Vin Baker, Craig Hodges, Doug Christie, Sleepy Floyd, Charles D. Smith and four streetballers.


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