Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey died of a blood clot in his lung, the Oregon medical examiner said, according to the Associated Press.
Kersey died Wednesday at the age of 52. The clot originated in his left calf and traveled to his left lung, the medical examiner said. Kersey had minor knee surgery on Friday, but it is unclear if the surgery was the cause of the clot.
Kersey played 17 NBA seasons between 1984 and 2001. He played his first 11 seasons with the Blazers and spent the final six years of his career with five teams, winning an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999. He has played the second-most games of any Blazer ever and is also No. 2 all-time on the franchise's list of leading rebounders.
Kersey was a second-round pick out of Division-II Longwood University in 1984. He left school without his degree but returned after he retired and graduated in 2006. He was the commencement speaker at the school's graduation ceremony in 2009.
- Dan Gartland