The NBA has lost a member of the fraternity as former Blazer Jerome Kersey has passed away at the age of 52. Kersey, of course, was a key member of those great Blazers teams of the early 90s, including the squad led by Clyde Drexler that ultimately lost to the Pistons in the 1990 Finals and to Jordan’s Bulls in the 1992 Finals.
The Trail Blazers confirmed that Kersey had died, but didn’t provide details. A team ambassador, Kersey appeared Tuesday with fellow former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant at Madison High School in Portland in celebration of African American History Month.
“Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” Blazers owner Paul Allen said in a statement. “My thoughts and condolences are with the Kersey family. He will be missed by all of us. It’s a terrible loss.”