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A former Portland Trail Blazer player died on Monday in Chicago.

Robin Jones was a member of the Trail Blazers 1977 NBA championship team and originally signed as a free agent in 1976.

He was known as “Rubberband Man” because of his 6-foot 9-inch frame.

Jones averaged 5.5 points per game as a reserve player during his time with the Trail Blazers behind all-time Portland greats Bill Walton and the late Maurice Lucas.

"I was very sorry to hear about Robin. He played a vital role on our championship team," Trail Blazers Founder Harry Glickman said. "He will be missed by his friends and family, and also by his teammates."

In August 1977, Jones was traded to Houston but was recently celebrated in Portland for their 40th celebration of the 1977 Championship team held at the Moda Center in 2017.

"Robin Jones didn't play very much, but he was an absolute teammate from end to end, and he did everything that was asked of him," Trail Blazers Ambassador and former broadcaster Bill Schonely said. "He was terrific in the locker room and an all-around great guy. God bless you, Robin Jones."

Jones was 64 years old.

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