The versatile small forward spent his first 11 professional seasons with the
He also spent one season with the
Kersey lived in Lake Oswego outside Portland and had just appeared Tuesday at a Portland high school for a Black History Month celebration with fellow former Trail Blazers Terry Porter and
“Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform,” team owner
Clyde Drexler also expressed shock at the sudden passing of his former Portland teammate.
"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."
Current Trail Blazers guard
Kersey averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds during a career that also included stops in