Jerome Kersey

  • Born: June 26, 1962
  • Died: February 18, 2015
  • Location: Portland, Oregon

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Jerome Kersey smiles during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997 in Seattle, announcing his signing with the Seattle SuperSonics for a one-year contract. Kersey, 35, is entering his 14th NBA season after playing last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Former Trail Blazers player dies at 52

By ANNE M. PETERSON, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jerome Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, died Wednesday. He was 52.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known.

A team ambassador, Kersey appeared Tuesday with fellow former Blazers Terry Porter and Brian Grant at a Portland high school 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."

Kersey averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 17 seasons in the NBA with Portland, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee. He helped the Blazers reach the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992, playing alongside Porter, Clyde Drexler, Kevin Duckworth and Buck Williams.

"He was the greatest guy, the nicest friend, teammate and brother. He was loved by everyone. We will all miss him. He just cared so much," Drexler told Comcast SportsNet Northwest. "This is unbelievable."

Kersey had his best season in 1987-88, averaging 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds. Kersey played in 1,153 regular-season games, also averaging 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals.

The former Longwood University star ranks second on Portland's career games list with 831, third in minutes played at 21,400, second in rebounds with 5,078, third steals with 1,059, and fifth in points with 10,067.

At 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds, "No Mercy" Kersey had a broad smile and a warm manner that made him a fan favorite.

Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard posted to Twitter: "Spoke to him regularly about life and the ups and downs of a NBA season. Gone too soon, much love!" Others who posted their condolences included Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter.

Kersey retired from basketball in 2001. He was an assistant coach with Milwaukee in 2004-05 under Porter. In addition to serving as a team ambassador, he appeared on Blazers' broadcasts for Comcast SportsNet Northwest.

At Longwood, a Division II school in Farmville, Virginia, Kersey averaged 17 points and 11.3. He was a second-round pick by the Blazers in the 1984 draft.

"The news is so sudden, and we're sure more details will be forthcoming," Blazers President Chris McGowan said. "But it is indeed a sad day for our organization, the city of Portland and the NBA. Jerome will be remembered not only for his incredible contributions on the court, but his tremendous impact in our community."

Kersey lived with wife Teri in Lake Oswego.


Condolence & Memory Journal

rest in peace .... thank-you for the peace watching you all play ball brought into my life... william fischer

Posted by william Fischer    March 18, 2015

I would like to send my condolence to the Kersey family for there loss. I hope that the Bible's promise that our dead loved ones will live again will bring you all comfort and hope. (John 5:28,29;11:38-44)

Posted by Raimont Manson - university park, IL   March 03, 2015

"R.I.P" we will never forget your talents and love for the game. May God be with your family. Marian and Robert Covington, Cheraw, South Carolina

Posted by Marian Covington - Cheraw, SC - fan   February 27, 2015

i met you once, many years ago. I send my thoughts to your family. This is a hard time and they deserve all kinds of privacy. RIP Jerome 25!!

Posted by Holly - Portland, OR - FAn   February 27, 2015

Imagine a girl from Philly in love with a baseketball player from Portland. It wasn't easy but I didn't care. :) I was devestated when I heard the news last week. JK was my favorite NBA player!! My eyes tear up at the thought of him being gone. But my heart rejoices knowing he's housed in it (my heart) forever. To his family, friends and other fans who share my grief know that he is with us each day and remember his warm heart and smile as the sun rises and sets each day. God Bless you Soul, Jerome! Thanks for being so kind to me when I met you :) God Bless us all and let's hope that we have as much love as JK did from his family and friends (Dawn from Philly)

Posted by Dawn Minor - Philadelphia, PA - fan   February 25, 2015

The earth just lost another angel!what a loving man and great team player. Thanks jerome for all you did and all you were. We will miss you always but never will we forget you!

Posted by LAURIE ANDERSON - MILWAUKIE, OR - great fan alwaysamrkx   February 25, 2015

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Posted by Laurie anderson - MILWAUKIE, OR - great fan alwaysamrkx   February 25, 2015

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"As early as the sixth and seventh grade you could see that there was something special between Jerome and a basketball, almost always when the bell sounds he would be the last one to leave the court getting in another shot.Hard work and determination proved very rewarding for him. In school he had a kind spirit and smiled often,he would never meet a stranger because he had no problem talking to anyone.Hearing that he carried the same personality throughout life was classic Jerome. It was an honor to have known him. With deepest sympathy to the Kersey family. -

Posted by James Jefferson - Clarksville, VA - school friend   February 23, 2015

As a high school alumni and basketball teammate I was not surprised Jerome would go on to accomplish such great things in life. Judging from all that I have seen, heard, and read about him, I'm also not surprised at the many positives about the type of person he was to so many! I saw that in him when neither of us knew exactly how our lives would end up beyond high school. Jerome you will always be a true inspiration to all of us who watched you evolve into one of the great ones! I was blessed to have known you brother!

Posted by James Reynolds - Bowie, MD - Friend   February 22, 2015

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My prayers goes out 2 the family.May GOD blessing be upon each of you and keep you in HIS ARMS.
Yvonne Langhorne woodson

Posted by Yvonne L. Woodson - Farmville, VA - I worked @ Longwood Unv.   February 21, 2015

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This is heartbreaking. I was lucky to meet him several times as a kid. As an adult, when I recently saw him on TV, that little kid in me started jumping up and down again. It brought me back to the excitement of the game that has been missing for quite some time. Thank you for your energy, loyalty, and love for Portland. May you "Bust-a-bucket " on heaven's court.

Posted by Shay Skramovsky - Beaverton, OR - Life Long Fan   February 20, 2015

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"Through Jesus we learned how to love and through Jerome we learned how to love more and more..."
Our thoughts and heart felt prayers go out to his soul and the Kersey family.
~your family at Al-Amir Restaurant, Portland, OR, Feb 20, 2015

Posted by Joseph - Portland, OR - friend   February 20, 2015

Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one. It's comforting to know that Our Loving Creator promises us that, "from the power of the grave I [God] will redeem them." Hosea 13:14.

Posted by O. Miller - NY   February 20, 2015

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Great person and good athlete, will be missed by lots. Sympathy to all he has came across. Loved ones and family especially, etc.

Posted by Terri Larson - Salem, SD - had seen pics and heard of   February 20, 2015

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kersey family. May God bless.

Posted by Vickie L. Bailey - Georgia, GA - Fan who loved him when he played   February 19, 2015

June 01, 2010
From My book "Gifts From My Heart"

Resurrection Promise


Do not cry as your loved ones pass,

God has promised it will not last,

The time is coming with all things new,

And your loved ones brought back to you,



Revelation 21: verses three and four,

States that death and sorrow will be no more,

Remember Jesus said his friend was asleep,

We will be called back to be his sheep,



Yes it hurts to lose someone,

But soon every bad thing will be undone,

Trust in Jehovah with all your heart,

He's been with us from the start,



So as we go on in this old life,

Remember he will rid us of this pain and strife,

Take his hand and see his power,

When he brings his judgment hour,



Those in the memorials tombs will come out,

We will all be happy and able to shout,

Look what God has went and done,

He's brought back Mothers, Fathers, Daughters and Sons.



Author:Steve Dalhover

Copyright@2005

Steve Dalhover

Posted by Steve Dalhover - apache junction, AZ - fan   February 19, 2015

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He wasn't just a great athlete, but he was a great humanitarian. My deepest condolences to his family and to those who knew and loved him. What a tragic loss.

Posted by Beverly J Raffaele - Vancouver, WA - a fan   February 19, 2015


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Jerome Kersey smiles during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997 in Seattle, announcing his signing with the Seattle SuperSonics for a one-year contract. Kersey, 35, is entering his 14th NBA season after playing last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O?Neal (34) and Jerome Kersey, right, go up to block Portland Trail Blazers Rasheed Wallace during the second quarter of game one of the playoffs, April 25, 1997 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
In this June 14, 1992, file photo, Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan, right, tries to hold off Portland Trail Blazers' Jerome Kersey during Game 6 in basketball's NBA Finals in Chicago. Kersey, the small forward who played his first 11 NBA seasons with the Blazers and helped the San Antonio Spurs win the 1999 title, has died. He was 52. The Trail Blazers confirmed Wednesday night, Feb. 18, 2015, that Kersey had died, but didn't provide details. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell, File)
In this July 16, 2003, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers general manager John Nash, left, chats with assistant coach Jerome Kersey after the NBA basketball team's practice in Tualatin, Ore. Kersey, the small forward who played his first 11 NBA seasons with the Trail Blazers and helped the San Antonio Spurs win the 1999 title, has died. He was 52. The Trail Blazers confirmed Wednesday night, Feb. 18, 2015, that Kersey had died, but didn't provide details. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens, File)