Former Laker Flynn Robinson dies from cancer

Former Laker Flynn Robinson died on Thursday at age 72 after fighting multiple myeloma, a form of cancer.

Robinson played one season with the Lakers, but it’s one the organization holds in high esteem. He was part of the Lakers’ 171-72 team, which won their first NBA Championship in Los Angeles and compiled a league-record 33-game winning streak. Robinson also earned the nickname “Mr. Instant Point” given by the late Lakers announcer Chick Hearn after leading the Lakers’ reserves in scoring (9.9 points per game.)

“We are very sad to hear of the passing of Flynn Robinson,” Lakers executive vice president of business operations Jeanie Buss said in a statement. “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.”

Robinson played six games in the 1972-73 season with the Lakers before getting traded to the Washington Bullets. Robinson averaged 14 points and three assists over seven NBA seasons and earned an All-Star bid in 1970 when he was with the Milwaukee Bucks.


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