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Former NBA star Jerome Kersey, onetime Laker, dies at 52
Former NBA star Jerome Kersey, onetime Laker, dies at 52

Former NBA standout Jerome Kersey died Wednesday at age 52 in Oregon from a blood clot that traveled from his left calf to his left lung, the state medical examiner said. The versatile small forward spent his first 11 professional seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, reaching the NBA Finals twice. He won an NBA title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999 and retired two seasons later. He also spent one season with the Lakers, 1996-97, which also happened to be Kobe Bryant's rookie year. Bryant honored his former teammate Wednesday with a simple tweet: "RIP to @jkersey25." Kersey lived in Lake Oswego outside Portland and had just appeared Tuesday at a Portland high...

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