Orlando, Florida - To conclude a very delicate and difficult week, ahead of the resumption of the NBA playoffs on Saturday, the league paid tribute to three of the countries fallen stars.
Before the tip-off of the Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic game, the NBA held a moment of silence to honor Lute Olson, Chadwick Boseman and Clifford Robinson.
Hall of fame basketball coach Lute Olson died on Thursday, confirmed by family. Olson suffered a stroke and was recently moved into hospice. Olson guided the Arizona Wildcats to their only NCAA championship in the school’s history. He was 85.
In shocking news Friday night, actor Chadwick Boseman lost his 4-year battle with colon cancer at age 43, according to his representative. Boseman played numerous roles of African American icons including James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson in the movie “42”.
He is most recently known for his performance in the marvel film Black Panther. He, nor those close to him, spoke publicly about his diagnosis. The Black Panther's impact is legendary.
It has been announced Saturday that former NBA all-star and Buffalo, New York native, Cliff Robinson passed away at age 53. No cause of death was provided but according to his former University of Connecticut head coach, Jim Calhoun, Robinson suffered a stroke a few years ago and slipped into a coma last week.
Robinson played 18 years in the NBA playing for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, New Jersey nets and most notably known for leading the Portland Trailblazers to two NBA finals appearances.