Bill Robinzine

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Bill Robinzine
Personal information
Born(1953-01-20)January 20, 1953
Chicago, Illinois
DiedSeptember 16, 1982(1982-09-16) (aged 29)
Kansas City, Missouri
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolWendell Phillips Academy
(Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeDePaul (1972–1975)
NBA draft1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Kansas City Kings
Playing career1975–1982
PositionPower forward
Number52, 50, 54
Career history
19751980Kansas City Kings
1980Cleveland Cavaliers
1980–1981Dallas Mavericks
1981–1982Utah Jazz
Career NBA statistics
Points5,541 (10.5 ppg)
Rebounds3,209 (6.1 rpg)
Assists560 (1.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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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