Former Blazer Cliff Robinson On 2014 Survivor Cast

The rumors have been swirling for months now that former Trail Blazers Clifford “Uncle Cliffy” Robinson was going to be on an upcoming season of the CBS reality series Survivor. And today, CBS made it official by announcing Robinson (he’s the one in the middle of that photo, by the way) as a cast member of Survivor: Cagayan, which premieres Feb. 26. I’ve never watched the show, but I guess this year they’re breaking the cast into three three teams: Team Brawn, Team Beauty and Team Brains. Try to guess which team Uncle Cliffy is on …

Robinson’s Survivor bio informs us that Robinson would bring a rain coat, soap and a Leatherman’s tool to the island and that, like all of us, he’s doing it for the money. Get your paper, Uncle Cliffy!

Some details on how Robinson ended up on the show from Entertainment Weekly …

Robinson played 18 seasons in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets — averaging over 14 points a game and making the playoffs every season but one (sorry, 2004). So how did he end up on Survivor? “He’s a fan of the show,” says host Jeff Probst, who in the past has also welcomed other professional athletes or coaches like Gary Hogeboom, Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Kent to compete on the reality hit. “There’s a common thread through all the former athletes and people that have been involved in sports like Jimmy Johnson, and it’s the competition. Jeff Kent talked about it a lot. He said, ‘This won’t define me, but it is something I want to try.’ Cliff was the same way. He made a lot of references during casting to the high he got from having to win in order to eat. He’d say, ‘Because if I don’t win, I might not be asked back, and if I’m not asked back I don’t make my money, and if I don’t make my money I don’t eat. So I have to win to eat.’ And that’s the essence of Survivor: You have to win to stick around.’”

It’s been a busy couple of months from Robinson, who was a part of the group, led by NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, that traveled to North Korea as a part of a “cultural exchange” tour to celebrate the birthday of lunatic dictator Kim Jung Un. Hopefully Robinson’s stint on Survivor ends up better than that debacle.

Robinson, who the Trail Blazers drafted in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft, played his first eight season in Portland. He is in the franchise Top 10 in a host of statistical categories including games played (fourth at 644), minutes played ( fourth at 19,839), points (third at 10,405), blocked shots (second at 729), steals (sixth at 696), rebounds (tenth at 3,352) and three-pointers made (392). And he is far and away the franchise leader in consecutive games played with 461 games, which is crazy. He’ll need that kind of endurance to come away as the best Survivor, or whatever they call the person who wins.