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Touching Tribute To Jerome Kersey In Southwest Portland

A close friend of the late Jerome Kersey has honored the former Blazers star with a massive light display in Southwest Portland.

Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Ron Sloy, a longtime neighbor and close friend of the late Jerome Kersey, created a 32-foot tall sign in Southwest Portland, complete with 3,800 lights, that reads, "JK25" done in the style of the patches worn by the team to honor Kersey last season. It even has a neon Santa hat. The display is visible on the side of Sloy's West Hills home.

"He's hanging high above the city and I hope he's high above the rafters in the (Moda Center) soon," Sloy told Mike Richman of The Oregonian.

The original story can be found here.

Kersey passed away on February 18, 2015 from a pulmonary embolism caused by a blood clot in his leg.  He played 11 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, from 1984 to 1995, and later acted as a public relations liaison for the team.