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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

Will Barton: Just wanna thank the @trailblazers for taking a chance on me by drafting me and giving me an opportunity to be apart of a great organization. Gonna miss everyone that is apart of the organization, coaches, teammates, & most importantly some of the greatest fans in the world. It was a great run. The memories will last forever. Good bye #RipCity. Sincerely, The People's Champ! Mad love forever! Instagram

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

Sam Amick: With caveat that one call could change everything, I'm told the Portland Trailblazers are done dealing. Twitter @sam_amick

Joe Freeman: For those asking if the #Blazers will make a move to fill open roster spot, a source tells me they are "most likely" done making moves. Twitter @BlazerFreeman

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

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