Former Portland Trail Blazers star Clifford Robinson dies at 53

Clifford Robinson, an early star in UConn’s rise to power who helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to two NBA Finals, has died at the age of 53, the teams confirmed Saturday.

No cause of death was given, although former Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said Robinson had a stroke 2½ years ago and went into a coma last week.

Robinson also played for the 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.

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