On Transitioning of Buffalo Native Cliff Robinson and Legend John Thompson

by George Radney

It seems like yesterday when my friends and I would go to MLK Park (Formerly Humboldt Park), and see Cliff Robinson playing in  the Randy Smith summer basketball league. He stood out among many good basketball players in Buffalo. Cliff was always cool calm and collected on the local courts.  He played at Riverside HS and went to University of Connecticut and helped put that program on the map. No one in our group had ever heard about UCNN Huskies basketball program until Cliff Robinson went to the school. 

Cliff helped UCONN win the 1988 NIT Championship.

His NBA career was legendary due to his consistent play and that sweet Jumper from the outside which was not customary for a big man in those days. The 6’ 10’ power forward played in over 1,300 career games and had an iron man streak of 451 consecutive NBA games. Cliff was the tallest player to score over one thousand three pointers in his career and only Dirk Nowitzki and Rashad Lewis are currently now the other two to join this club. Cliff Robinson was always himself when you saw him in the community;  a nice man that donated his time and  cared about his people. Hopefully Cliff can get into the Basketball  Hall of Fame via the Veteran Committee. He truly deserves it. Rest in POWER!

Another basketball legend John Thompson made his transition earlier this week. Coach Thompson is best known for having a successful College Basketball Program at Georgetown University. The Georgetown Hoyas won an NCAA Basketball Championship, but his biggest accomplishment is that 97% of his players stayed all four years and graduated with a Degree. Coach John Thompson not only prepared his kids for playing basketball games, but for winning in LIFE. Coach John Thompson became first Black Head Coach to win a National Championship, but Coach Thompson was so much more to Black People. Coaches John Thompson, Don Chaney, at Temple and Nolan Richardson at Arkansas made sure our kids graduated College, and put themselves in a position to give back to our community and win in life. Rest in POWER !     

Toronto Blue Jays  Update

The Toronto Blue Jays went on a 6-game winning streak to put them back into the American East race in Major League Baseball. The Jays lost two of their starting pitchers to injuries. Matt Shoemaker and Trent Thornton has a sore shoulder and inflammation of the elbow respectively. Thornton’s  elbow problems continue from late last season and must be a major concern for the Jays. 

The Blue Jays bats are getting hot with Teoscar Hernandez, Travis Shaw, Valdmir Guerrero, Jr., Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., and injured Bo Bichette. The team  must find some starting pitchers to go along with ace starter Hyun-jin Ryu.  Ryu came over from the LA Dodgers in the winter. Its more amazing that of all the high-quality talent Dodgers have with their organization that they can give up star players like Ryu, Matt Kemp and many more but still have several players to replace them. The Jays probably will call up pitchers Anthony Kay and Jacob Waguespack from Alternative site in Rochester to put into starting rotation. Hopefully they won’t get rocked like they did last time with the big-league team. The Jays will be home to the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles coming to Sahlen Stadium in downtown Buffalo for a series of games. These teams lack good pitching as well and can be an excellent opportunity to win some games.

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