January 22, 2014 - 2:41 PM
By Alan Pergament
Former Riverside High, University of Connecticut and NBA All-Star Clifford Robinson is one of the castaways in the next edition of the CBS reality series "Survivor."
It is called "Survivor: Cagayan," named after a province of the Philippines.
For its 28th edition, "Survivor" reportedly has 18 castaways and a "Brains versus Beauty versus Brawn twist."
Robinson, who played in the NBA for 18 seasons, is listed as a member of the Brawn Tribe. He is now 46, with CBS listing his hometown as Newark, N.J.
That is sure to upset his fans from Buffalo.
Robinson, an All-Western New York basketball pick out of Riverside, was named to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
He played at the University of Connecticut and made 17 appearances in the playoffs during his 18-year NBA career. He scored 19,951 points, which in 2009 was good for 35th place in NBA history and also was considered a good defensive player.
Robinson's answers to questions from CBS in a brief bio given to critics indicate he might have been a fan of the series. Here is what he told CBS:
Inspiration: Muhammad Ali, because of his strong belief system and what he stood for.
Former Survivor I'm Most Like: Boston Rob, because he had a good way of getting people to trust him.
Why I'm on Survivor: The challenge of the show being so tough and the million dollars.
Why I'll ''Survive'': I know how to fish, cook, and have good athleticism.
Why I'll Be Sole Survivor: I think I would do well in challenges. I also have a good ability to make people feel comfortable with me.
David Samson, the president of the Miami Marlins, is a member of ther Brains Tribe.
The next edition of "Survivor," which still does reasonably well in the ratings considering its age, begins with a two-hour episode at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.26. It will be carried by Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate.