Trail Blazers great Jerome Kersey died suddenly Wednesd
“Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” team owner Paul Allen said in a statement.
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Kersey, a forward, was selected by Portland out of Longwood College in the second round of the 1984 NBA Draft. He played 11 seasons with the Trail Blazers and is still second in franchise history in games played, third in rebounds, fourth in minutes and fifth in points.
His best season was 1987-88, when he averaged 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
After his time in Portland, Kersey played one year with the Warriors, one with the Lakers, one with the Sonics, two with the Spurs and one with the Bucks before retiring in 2001. He was a part of the Spurs team that won the NBA title in 1999.
At the time of his death, Kersey was was working as the Blazers' director of alumni relations.
“Jerome was an incredible influence on our players as a model for life after basketball,” said Neil Olshey, Trail Blazers president of basketball operations. “He set the bar extremely high with his long-lasting influence in this community.”