Sad words for the family and Blazers members of +Jerome Kersey. The Trail Blazers confirmed that Kersey had died, but didn’t provide details. According to The Oregonian, Kersey, a team ambassador, spoke to high school students in Portland on Tuesday with fellow former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant in celebration of Black History Month.
Kersey, a 6-foot-7 small forward, was a starter on Portland’s 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals teams. He was a second-round draft pick in 1984 and spent his first 11 seasons in Portland, playing alongside the likes of Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler, Kiki Vandeweghe and Porter. Kersey played for five other NBA teams, winning a championship with San Antonio in 1999. He retired from the NBA in 2001.
At the time of his retirement, Kersey ranked second on the Blazers’ all-time list in games played (831) and rebounds (5,078), and third in blocked shots (621) and steals (1,059). All told, he played in 1,153 NBA games for Portland, Golden State, the Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee, averaging 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.