Lakers 1970s champ teammate Flynn Robinson dies

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Flynn Robinson, who was on the 1971-1972 Lakers team that won Los Angeles its first NBA title, has died. He was 72.

The Los Angeles Times says Robinson died Thursday at an LA hospital from cancer.

KFWB sports anchor Ted Sobel interviewed Robinson last December. Click here to go to his blog and listen.

Robinson, a reserve guard, was dubbed “Mr. Instant Point” by Lakers announcer Chick Hearn. He averaged nearly 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench during the season.

Robinson averaged 14 points per game during his professional career. He was an All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1969-70 season and during his eight years in the NBA also played for the Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls and Baltimore Bullets.

His final season was 1973-74, playing for the San Diego Conquistadors of the defunct American Basketball Association.

“We are very sad to hear of the passing of Flynn Robinson,” said Lakers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Jeanie Buss.  “Flynn played an important role on the 1971-72 Lakers team that brought Los Angeles its first NBA Championship and won what is still an NBA-record 33 consecutive games.  Lakers fans might remember him as ‘Mr. Instant Point,’ a nickname given to him by the great Chick Hearn, a nickname that was well earned as Flynn led the reserves in scoring that season, averaging 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench.  He was a proud part of our Lakers heritage, participating in numerous reunions and special events over the years and he will be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time.”

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