Former NBA player Jerome Kersey died Wednesday at the age of 52, a Trail Blazers communications official confirmed to KGW News in Portland. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports and Joe Freeman of The Oregonian also reported the news.
No cause of death has been announced.
Kersey played 17 seasons in the NBA, including 11 with the Trail Blazers. The 6-foot-7 small forward was known for his explosiveness and rugged playing nature, participating in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest from 1986-89. Kersey won an NBA title with San Antonio in 1999, when the Spurs defeated the New York Knicks in five games.
Kersey enjoyed his best individual years in the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. In the former, he averaged 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. In 1988-89, Kersey averaged 17.5 points and 8.3 rebounds. He later started on Portland's 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals teams.
A Clarksville, Va., native, Kersey played his college ball at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. He was the No. 46 overall pick by the Trail Blazers in the 1984 draft.
Kersey made an appearance on behalf of the Trail Blazers Tuesday night, speaking at Madison High School in Portland along with former Trail Blazers Brian Grant and Terry Porter.
- Mike Fiammetta