Previous editions of the long-running reality TV show "Survivor" have included notable professional athletes or those connected to say the NFL or Major League Baseball. For the next season, an ex-NBA players joins the "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast" game.
Former All-Star Cliff Robinson, most famously a headband-wearing member of the Portland Trail Blazers, is part of the "Survivor: Cagayan" cast. The 18 players this season were divided into three tribes: beauty, brains and brawn. Robinson, who made the 1994 All-Star team and scored over 19,000 points during his 18-year career, is part of the "brawn" team.
Other former sports figures to participate in "Survivor" included former San Francisco Giants slugger Jeff Kent, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and Cowboys quarterback Gary Hogeboom. For those interested in such things, both Kent and Hogeboom concealed their identities from their fellow players. Some recognized them even out of uniform; Johnson and his non-moveable hair were way too famous to attempt a false identity. The reason for the secret identity plan, money. The winner receives (Dr. Evil voice) one million dollars and both Kent and Hogeboom feared their fellow participants would have little interest in seeing wealthy athletes (whether real or perceived) take home even more coin.
While I suspect someone might be familiar with the 6-foot-10 Robinson, it will be interesting to see which path he takes. According to the website, Basketball-Reference, the former UConn-star made over $61 million during his NBA days. He might want to keep that under wraps.
Robinson, who last played in the NBA during the 2006-07 season, made headlines recently as a member of Dennis Rodman's entourage that traveled to North Korea. That trip came after the now 47-year-old taped "Survivor" over the summer.
He is actually not the only sports figure on this season. Miami Marlins team president David Samson is a member of the "brains" tribe. Samson had to leave the Marlins during the middle of the 2013 season to shoot the show in the Philippines. Two NFL cheerleaders are also on the show, which debuts on Feb. 26.