Veteran NBA guard Steve Blake has been with 7 NBA teams. Sometimes that’s a sign of trouble, but in Blake’s case it’s been the result of his desirability. Consider this, his current stint with the Portland Trail Blazers is his third. This guy doesn’t burn bridges–he just plays hard and smart. Blake’s always been a big talent: a starter from the day he stepped onto the University of Maryland campus as a frosh, his Terrapins won the NCAA title in 2002. Blake finished his college career with 972 assists, 5th all time in the NCAA.
Today Blake announced he’d be dishing another big assist, this time to the legacy of former Trail Blazer great Jerome Kersey, who died suddenly this week at age 52. Blake is giving up his No. 25 jersey, which was the number Kersey wore. From the Trail Blazers release: “Jerome Kersey meant a lot to this team and to this city. I’ve known Jerome for a long time now and wanted to honor him and his vast contributions both on and off the court. I consider it an honor to wear the number 25, but this just seemed like the right thing to do.”