Portland Trail Blazers Rumors
Kersey spent 9 of his 17 NBA seasons in Portland, and continued to work with the Trail Blazers organization after retirement. He died in February 2015 of a pulmonary embolism. He was 52 years old. Donate Life NW said his organs were donated after his passing, which saved the lives of eight children in a burn unit and enhanced the lives of hundreds of others. Kersey’s daughter Kiara tells KATU News Tuesday night’s game is quite special for her.
The fact that he was an organ donor was a surprise to Kiara, who said, when she found out, “It kind of brought him back to life for a little bit and it gave me that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Like he’s still out there doing stuff for the community even communities miles and miles away in Texas. And his love of helping people has stretched that far.”
Evan Turner on Wednesday tried out his third apparatus to protect his right hand, and the Trail Blazers guard said he is encouraged that the new approach will allow him to move past the frustration of playing with a protective device on his ball-dominant hand. Turner, who is 4-for-21 in the three games since returning from a broken hand, has balked at the clumsiness and limitations the previous protective devices have caused, at one point ripping off his glove during the second quarter of Tuesday’s loss against Milwaukee. “We had a different pad, where it doesn’t cover the palm,’’ Turner said Wednesday after trying out the new apparatus during a 45-minute workout in practice. “I played some pick up and I thought I shot it well. The three-point shot is going to look how it is going to look, but the mid-range was world class.’’
“(Expletive) is annoying,’’ Turner said. “I don’t really get upset but it’s gotten to the point where I’m getting ready to throw a hissy fit. Last night was really tough not to do that. It’s just irritating – or was irritating – so I’m glad we were able to speed up the process and do what needs to be done.’’
Until the end, though, Krause was endlessly intrigued with the modern NBA and asked questions about the general managers and players. Tell me about R.C. Buford and Neil Olshey, Masai Ujiri and Sam Presti, he would ask. After Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City, he started to ask questions about Presti and his Thunder roster. I told Presti about my conversation with Krause, passed along a phone number and it wasn’t long until Presti made a trip to Chicago and spent an afternoon with Krause.