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February 26, 2015 Updates

Jerome Kersey, the beloved former Portland Trail Blazer who died suddenly on Feb. 18, is the first person to receive a memorial bike lane in Bike City U.S.A. The Portland Bureau of Transportation posted a photo of the newly painted bike path in front of Moda Center on its FaceBook page on Wednesday. Oregonian

February 20, 2015 Updates

Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon state medical examiner's office said retired Trail Blazers great Jerome Kersey died when a blood clot broke loose from his left calf, traveled to his lungs and caused a pulmonary thromboembolism. "When a clot gets to the lung it seeks a vessel of the same size and they plug up,'' said Lewman, deputy state medical examiner. He conducted the autopsy on Kersey's body Thursday morning. Oregonian

Saying he was “shocked” to learn of the death of former NBA forward Jerome Kersey, coach Gregg Popovich remembered the one-time Spur as “a warrior” who was instrumental in helping establish the team’s culture of professionalism. Kersey, a member of the Spurs’ first NBA championship team in 1999, died Wednesday at 52 of pulmonary thromboembolism related to a blood clot in his lung. “For us, he was a warrior,” Popovich said before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. “He shot it pretty good, he was a decent scorer, but mostly he was a heck of a teammate. He was a rough-and-tumble guy on the court. He gave every body confidence with his physicality. He was something else.” San Antonio Express-News

“I was absolutely floored when I heard it,” Duncan said after Friday’s game. “I can’t believe it. I talked to him the last time we were in Portland, had a good 5 of 10 minute conversation, just talked to him. It was good to see him and good to see him back with the Blazers. He was a veteran who brought a real energy to our team, and helped us get a championship. It’s unbelievable at that age that you’d hear that he’d die.” San Antonio Express-News

February 19, 2015 Updates

The greatest No. 25 in Trail Blazers history left us Wednesday night, Jerome Kersey succumbing to a blood clot that traveled into his lung, and when news reach Steve Blake, the sadness went a little deeper, and had a little more meaning. Blake, the Trail Blazers top reserve, felt a special connection with Kersey that none of us can imagine. Blake, you see, wears the No. 25 that Kersey made so famous in Rip City. "It was always an honor to wear that number, knowing what he meant to the organization and the fans here,'' Blake said. Oregonian

By the time practice had ended, the word had come in: The NBA is allowing Blake to switch jerseys. Starting with Friday's game in Utah, Blake will now wear No. 5. Oregonian

Portland Trailblazers legend Jerome Kersey died as a result of a blood clot that formed in his calf ... and broke off ... clogging his lungs ... TMZ Sports has learned. The 52-year-old -- who spent 17 seasons in the NBA -- died last night in Oregon ... and now the pathologist who conducted the autopsy tells us the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Dr. Larry Lewman tells TMZ Sports ... " There was a blood clot in his left calf that broke loose and traveled to his lungs and clogged both his pulmonary arteries." TMZ.com

Danny Ainge will remember many things about Jerome Kersey, but one thing will always stand above all: His smile. "He always played happy and hard,'' Ainge said Thursday morning. "And that made him a great joy to be around on a day-in-day-out basis.'' Kersey died unexpectedly on Wednesday in Tualatin. He was 52. Kersey played his first 11 seasons with the Blazers, including two with Ainge - the record 63-win season in 1990-1991 and the NBA Finals season of 1991-1992. "He was a terrific player,'' Ainge said. "A player that any coach, any player would value being around. I loved him as a player and loved him as a person.'' Oregonian

Zach Randolph: R.I.P. Jerome Kersey. U will be greatly missed by your family, the @NBA , & the @Portland Trail Blazers. You were truly a great man! Twitter @MacBo50

After finishing his playing career he served as an assistant coach in the NBA and has worked for the Trail Blazers. When he left the Blazers in 1995 he was at or near the top of virtually every important statistical category, including games played, minutes, points, rebounds, blocked shots and assists. He is survived by wife Teri and their four children. CSNNW.com

Jerome Kersey died Wednesday. He was 52. And when you're hit with a bag of bricks like that you shake your head to keep the room from spinning, you say a prayer and you make the first telephone call. Bill Schonely picked up on the first ring. "I saw Jerome today," Schonely said. "I see him every morning in the office. We said hello to each other. I gave him a hard time because he was supposed to be on crutches after a knee surgery he had (Monday). We parted ways. It was like any other day -- until he was gone." Oregonian

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