Bill Robinzine

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Bill Robinzine
Personal information
Born (1953-01-20)January 20, 1953
Chicago, Illinois
Died September 16, 1982(1982-09-16) (aged 29)
Kansas City, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Wendell Phillips Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
College DePaul (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Kansas City Kings
Playing career 1975–1982
Position Power forward
Number 52, 50, 54
Career history
19751980 Kansas City Kings
1980 Cleveland Cavaliers
1980–1981 Dallas Mavericks
1981–1982 Utah Jazz
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,541 (10.5 ppg)
Rebounds 3,209 (6.1 rpg)
Assists 560 (1.1 apg)
Stats at

William Clintard Robinzine (January 20, 1953 – September 16, 1982) was an American professional basketball player.

Born in Chicago, Robinzine grew to be a 6' 7" forward from DePaul University. He played seven seasons (19751982) in the NBA, competing for the Kansas City Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and Utah Jazz. He is perhaps best remembered for his inclusion in the highlight footage of Darryl Dawkins' backboard-shattering dunk at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium on November 13, 1979. Robinzine, who was under the basket at the time, fled while shielding his face in order to avoid falling glass, which inspired Dawkins to include the phrase "Robinzine Cryin'" when later creating a name for the dunk.

While not much of a scorer, Robinzine was known as a tough rebounder and one of the better defensive players in the league at the power forward position. He played for the Kings for five seasons, and then was released to make room for Reggie King.

In September 1982, Robinzine committed suicide in his car by carbon monoxide poisoning at a storage place in Kansas City, Missouri. He was not on any NBA team's roster at that time.

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