The NBRPA Mourns of the Loss of Jerome Kersey

February 19, 2015

The NBRPA extends condolences to the family, friends and former teammates of NBRPA Member Jerome Kersey, who passed away of a heart attack at age 52.

Serving as team ambassador for the Portland Trailblazers, Kersey appeared on Tuesday with fellow former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant at Madison High School in Portland in celebration of African American History Month.

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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. Kersey played for five other NBA teams, winning a championship with San Antonio in 1999. He retired from the NBA in 2001.

"It is so sad," NBRPA Member and Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler told Comcast SportsNet Northwest upon hearing the news. "It is a huge loss for the Portland community. He was the greatest guy, the nicest friend, teammate and brother. He was loved by everyone. We will all miss him. He just cared so much. This is unbelievable."

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.