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Wyoming Legend Flynn Robinson Dies At 72

Cowboy legend loses battle with cancer.

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One of the great Cowboys has passed away. A player that made a huge impact on the college level and later in the NBA.

Flynn Robinson rewrote the Wyoming and WAC record books in just three years. Robinson grew up in Elgin, IL and attended Southern Illinois for one year before transferring to Wyoming. As a Cowboy Flynn was dominate as he posted a school record 26.5 point career average. In three years he scored a total of 2,049 points. That is now ranked third behind Dennis Fembo and Brandon Ewing. Robinson played before the the three point line was introduced and only played in 78 games compared to 120+ for the other two.

Robinson was inducted into the Wyoming Hall of Fame in 1994.

In 1965 the Cincinnati Royals drafted Robinson with the 15th pick of the second round. Over eight seasons Robinson averaged 14 points and scored 7,577 points. In 1970 he made the All Star team as a member of the Milwuakee Bucks.

While he only played one year for the Lakers, Flynn made himself a legend as he teamed up with Wilt Chamerlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Gail Goodrich to win 33 straight games and the 1972 World Championship. He earned the nickname "Instant Offense" as averaged 10 points a game that year in only 16 minutes.


After his career was over Robinson settled down in Los Angeles and gave plenty back to the community. He spent a lot of time with with a nonprofit group that taught kids how to fish. He also continued to play pickup basketball into his 60's.

Over the last year Robinson was battling myeloma for over the last year and it seemed the cancer was in remission. Unfortunately it returned and Robinson lost that battle today. The world lost a great Cowboy today but Flynn Robinson will never be forgotten.