Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jerome Kersey, RIP

Former NBA star Jerome Kersey died Wednesday at the age of 52 in the greater Portland area. He played 11 seasons with the Trail Blazers and is considered one of the greatest athletes in the city’s history.

The cause of death at this time is unknown. It was around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening when the Lake Oswego Fire Department was called to Kersey’s home where he was later taken to a hospital and died, according to reports. 
Kersey played small forward for the 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals teams that included Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter. Club wise, he ranks fifth all-time in scoring, third in rebounding, third in steals, sixth in blocks and eighth in assists. His career spanned 17 years and he won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs with David Robinson and Tim Duncan in 1999. He ranks 48th all-time in games played.

Kersey’s best season was in 1987-88 when he averaged 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Of course he competed in multiple Slam Dunk contests in the 80s.  Kersey is survived by his wife, Teri, and four daughters.