Flynn Robinson

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Flynn Robinson
Flynn Robinson.jpg
Robinson with the Bucks
Personal information
Born (1941-04-28)April 28, 1941
Murphysboro, Illinois
Died May 23, 2013(2013-05-23) (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Elgin (Elgin, Illinois)
College
NBA draft 1965 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Cincinnati Royals
Playing career 1965–1978
Position Point guard
Number 20, 5, 21, 30, 40
Career history
19661967 Cincinnati Royals
19671968 Chicago Bulls
19681970 Milwaukee Bucks
1970–1971 Cincinnati Royals
19711972 Los Angeles Lakers
1972–1973 Baltimore Bullets
1973–1974 San Diego Conquistadors
1978 Indiana Wizards
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA and ABA statistics
Points 7,577 (14.0 ppg)
Rebounds 1,372 (2.5 rpg)
Assists 1,628 (3.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Flynn James Robinson (April 28, 1941 – May 23, 2013) was an American professional basketball player.[1]

Biography

Flynn was born April 28, 1941 from the union of Sam Hopkins and Dorothy Mae Robinson. Later Flynn's mother married Johnnie Hodge, Sr., Flynn's step-father. A native of Murphysboro, Illinois, Robinson later moved to Kinloch, Missouri (St. Louis area) where he attended Dunbar Elementary School thru the 4th Grade as Flynn Hodge. Afterwards Flynn lived in Elgin, Illinois (Chicago area) and graduated in 1959 from Elgin High School.

Robinson attended Southern Illinois University in September 1959 for one semester and was on the Basketball Team. Later he transferred to and attended Casper College in Casper, Wyoming before transferring to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. A 6'1" guard at Wyoming, Robinson was a three-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honoree. He averaged 26.2 points per game as a sophomore, 25.6 points as a junior and 27 points as a senior and was the 6th leading scorer in the Nation. His 2,049 points place him third on Wyoming's all-time scoring list, and in 2005 he was named to the school's All-Century team.

Robinson played seven seasons (1966–1973) in the National Basketball Association and one season (1973–1974) in the later merged American Basketball Association. He averaged 14.5 points per game and 3.1 assists per game during his NBA/ABA career.

The 15th pick in the 1965 NBA draft, Robinson made his NBA debut with the Cincinnati Royals in 1966.

Later Robinson played for the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks' Broadcaster, Eddie Doucette, called him the "Electric Eye".

In the 1969–70 season with Milwaukee, Robinson averaged a career high 21.8 points per game and was selected to the 1970 NBA All-Star Game, the only All-Star game he would play in. He also led the NBA in free throw percentage that season.[2]

Traded to Los Angeles in 1971 from the Cincinnati Royals, Robinson was a Reserve Guard behind Jerry West and Gail Goodrich for the Los Angeles Lakers team that won a league-record 33 consecutive games and later won an NBA championship with the team in 1972, playing on what has been considered one of the NBA's Top Ten Teams of all time. When he joined the Lakers, their Broadcaster, Chick Hearn, called him "Instant Points".

In 1992, Robinson returned to Los Angeles where he and his Laker Teammates, including Legends Wilt Chamberlin, Elgin Baylor, and Jerry West, were Honored at the 20th Year Celebration of the 1972 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. Later in January 2005, Robinson was named to Wyoming's All-Century Team.[3] In 2012, while living in the Los Angeles area, Robinson again was Honored with his surviving Teammates at the 40th Year Celebration of the 1972 NBA Champion Lakers who continue to hold the Historic 33-Games Win Streak, a long-standing Pro Sports Record. The Lakers presented Flynn and each surviving Team member with a huge expensive Diamonds Cluster Ring.

Death

Robinson died on May 23, 2013 in Los Angeles of multiple myeloma. He was 72 and is survived by his wife, Nancy Pitts-Robinson, four brothers and two sisters.[2]

NBA/ABA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Robinson won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG STL BLK PPG
1966–67 Cincinnati 76 15.0 .457 .779 1.8 1.4 8.8
1967–68 Cincinnati 2 8.0 .300 .429 2.0 2.5 4.5
1967–68 Chicago 73 27.8 .441 .828 3.7 2.9 16.0
1968–69 Chicago 18 30.6 .423 .833 3.8 3.2 19.1
1968–69 Milwaukee 65 31.8 .436 .841 3.6 4.9 20.3
1969–70 Milwaukee 81 34.1 .477 .898* 3.2 5.5 21.8
1970–71 Cincinnati 71 19.3 .458 .855 2.0 1.9 13.3
1971–72 L.A. Lakers 64 15.7 .490 .860 1.8 2.2 9.9
1972–73 L.A. Lakers 6 7.8 .500 .750 1.2 1.3 5.7
1972–73 Baltimore 38 15.3 .458 .839 1.4 2.0 6.9
1973–74 San Diego(ABA) 49 15.9 .457 .267 .765 1.6 2.3 .5 .0 8.8
Career 543 22.7 .456 .267 .846 2.5 3.0 .5 .0 14.0
All-Star 1 8.0 .750 1.0 2.0 6.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP MPG FG% FT% RPG APG PPG
1967 Cincinnati 4 18.0 .511 .500 1.8 2.0 12.5
1968 Cincinnati 5 36.0 .429 .708 2.0 2.6 20.2
1970 Milwaukee 10 30.0 .326 .880 2.3 5.0 12.8
1972 L.A. Lakers 7 10.3 .463 .700 1.9 .7 6.4
1973 Baltimore 1 2.0 .667 1.0 .0 4.0
Career 27 23.2 .406 .795 2.0 2.8 12.1

References

  1. ^ Pincus, Eric (May 23, 2013), "Lakers mourn the death of Flynn Robinson", The Los Angeles Times 
  2. ^ a b Goldstein, Richard (May 25, 2013), "Flynn Robinson, Scorer on Dominant N.B.A. Club, Dies at 72", The New York Times 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 

External links

  • Career statistics at https://www.basketball-reference.com
  • "Flynn Robinson's life in basketball didn't end at 33", by Jerry Crowe, Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2008
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