LaMont (ShowBoat) Robinson with Former NBA Great Michael Jordan
LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson
Born: July 23, 1961 (age 61) Warrensville Heights, Ohio
Listed height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
High School: Warrensville Heights High School (Warrensville Heights, Ohio) Jeannette High School (Jeannette, Pennsylvania)
College: Kankakee Community College (1981–1982) Central State University (1985–1986)
Playing career: 1987–2015
Position: Shooting Guard
Number: 31, 36
1987 – 1989 Denmark
1988 – 1989 USBL
1989 – 1995 Meadowlark Lemon Harlem All-Stars
1989 – 1990 Harlem Globetrotters, Washington Generals
1995 – 2011 Harlem Road Kings
2010 – 2015 Harlem Clowns
LaMont “ShowBoat” Robinson (born July 23, 1961) is an American professional basketball player that has been inducted into the class of 2019 of the American Basketball Hall of Fame, also he was nominated to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 and is a businessman and founder and owner/player of the Harlem Clowns. In addition to his work with the Harlem Clowns, he is the founder of the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.
Robinson grew up in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. He played for Warrensville Heights High School from 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79 then he move to Jeannette, Pennsylvania, and played his senior year 1979–80 season at Jeannette High School the same school his grandfather played football at and his name is John “ShowBoat” Henry Crowell. Then Robinson played for Kankakee Junior College (Illinois), on a team with a 30–2 season that was ranked third in the nation. He then played for Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Robinson went on to play basketball professionally in Copenhagen, Denmark, leading the country in scoring. He also played for the Long Island Knights in 1988 of the USBL and then went to veteran training camp with the Columbus Horizon of the CBA and traveled to Russia in 1989 with the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals Tour. From 1995 to 2010, Robinson was a member of the Harlem Road Kings. In 2010, Robison founded the Harlem Clowns where he continues to serve as the owner/player.
In addition to playing with Harlem Globetrotters’ great Meadowlark Lemon (“Clown Prince of Basketball”) in the late 1980s and 1990s, he has played in every state, traveled to over 75 countries and has scored over 10,000 points in over 5,000 games. He has played more years than any other NBA player to this day.
Robinson was dubbed the “Comedy King of Basketball” with his team, “ShowBoat Robinson’s Fabulous Harlem Clowns.” He also operated “ShowBoat” Robinson All-American Basketball Camp and his Say, No, To Drugs, and Yes, To, Life, and Family, and Education program that he has been taking into schools around the world since 1995.
His credentials include national and international television and newspaper appearances on CBS and USA Today. Robinson has made acquaintances with other well-known celebrities such as Michael Jordan, Jim Brown, Julius Erving aka Dr. J., and LeBron James. On November 1, 2001 Robinson sent his Harlem Road Kings uniform to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to be displayed as an exhibit.
In 2010, Robinson decided to pursue the idea of building a Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame that would include everything from radio personalities and owners of record companies to Hip-Hop and Gospel music. In 2014, Robinson copyrighted the name, National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.
When he was a child, Robinson’s parents and grandparents took him to see the great acts of the 1960s and 1970s. It was this background that fostered his love for all types of music but, when he saw James Brown, Robinson instantly knew he wanted to be in entertainment himself. Although he chose sports, his love for music has been a lifelong passion. The musicians he looked up to the most were James Brown, the Temptations, and Berry Gordy as well as regularly watched television shows such as Soul Train, Ed Sullivan, and Upbeat.
Gus Hawkins, Robinson’s uncle, played saxophone for Edwin Starr, The O’Jay, s and many other acts at a club called Leo’s Casino, which is where Robinson got his first glimpse of what the entertainment industry was really like. And he was hooked.
As a professional basketball player, Robinson met many entertainers and began collecting music memorabilia. His family had always collected so it was a natural continuation of a strong and enthusiastic family tradition.
Since 2013, Robinson has held induction ceremonies every year that have included The Temptations, The O’Jays, The Four Tops, The Chi-Lites, Gene “The Duke of Earl” Chandler, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Chubby Checker, Berry Gordy, Ray Charles, Cathy Hughes, Morgan Freeman, Rev. Al Sharpton, and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Ties with inductees and their families have been strong and artifacts for the museum have been gladly and generously donated. The National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame has over 200 artists honored and inducted since 2013 – present.
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*All inductees have been invited to attend (posthumous inductees - family members notified). They will all be honored and paid tribute, but appearance and performance by inductees is not guaranteed. Artists were voted in by the fans.