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Flynn Robinson, helped Lakers win first NBA title, dies at 72

Flynn Robinson was among the players honored by the Lakers in 2012.
Flynn Robinson was among the players honored by the Lakers in 2012. Associated Press

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Flynn Robinson, who was on the 1971-1972 Lakers team that won Los Angeles its first NBA title, has died at age 72.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Mr. Robinson died Thursday at an LA hospital from cancer.

The 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.

Mr. Robinson averaged 14 points per game during his professional career. He was an All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1969-1970 season and during his eight years in the NBA also played for the Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls and Baltimore Bullets.

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