Oct 04

This Week In Trail Blazers History: October 3rd-October 9th

By sarahhecht Posted in: jeromekersey
Oct. 7, 1970- The Trail Blazers sold guard/forward Pat Riley to the Los Angeles Lakers. Riley was selected in the 1970 expansion draft by Portland but never played a game scarlet and black. Following his nine years as a player—averaging 7.4 ppg—Riley went on to coach for 24 years. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a coach in 2008 and is currently the president of the Miami Heat. Riley went on to win five NBA Championships after his brief stay in Rip City, one as a player and four as a coach.

Oct. 8, 1980- Portland traded Jim Brewer—who played in the NBA for nine seasons, one for the Trail Blazers—to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 1984 2nd round draft pick. That draft pick resulted in the selection of Trail Blazer great Jerome Kersey—a selection that came down to the final moments on draft night.

By: Wayne Thompson

“Buckwalter and Inman also disagreed in 1984 on when to take unranked Jerome Kersey in the draft. Both had scouted Kersey and liked him, but Buckwalter worried that too many other NBA scouts were at Portsmouth, Virginia, that spring, when Kersey had had a breakout tournament. Someone else was sure to see Kersey’s potential. The Blazers had two first-round draft choices and four seconds that year, and time was running out on their final pick of the second round—No. 46 overall. Inman insisted that the Blazers could get Kersey in a later round, but Buckwalter felt that Kersey wouldn’t be there later. General manager Harry Glickman recalls that when the phone call came in from the New York draft center to tell the Blazers they had less than a minute to make a selection, Inman shouted across the room, “Okay, Bucky, you can have Kersey, but I’m winning the next round.”

Inman’s concession to Buckwalter on the selection of Kersey turned out to be incredibly fruitful. In 11 seasons with Portland Kersey averaged 12.1 ppg and 6.1 rebounds. More importantly, his consistency of heart and night-in-night-out dedication to the success of the Trail Blazers contributed to the achievements of Rip City during the early 90s.


  1. Jerome was a STEAL to say the least... I know this is redundant but it sure would have been nice if we picked Jordan instead of Bowie earlier in the draft. I mean Drexler, Jordan & Kersey in 2 years of the draft?

    by Ricky Y on 10/5/2011 10:04 AM
  2. Or won the toss to select Akeem with the first pick. Regardless, that goodness for Bucky as Jerome is one of my all-time favorite! Nobody, and I mean nobody, could finish a fast break quite like the Mercy Man.

    by DHawes22 on 10/5/2011 2:22 PM
  3. So glad we traded away that punk Riley. Oh, Portland too wet and rainy for you? If you don't like it, well you can Gggggeet OUT!

    by BlazerBear on 10/5/2011 2:29 PM
  4. Oh the Blazer lore......... Everyone wishes we picked Jordan!!!!!

    by mbmurr1 on 10/6/2011 9:43 AM
  5. Not me, putting Jordan and Clyde in the game at the same time would have been a nightmare. I wished we could have gotten Sabby over here about then. Besides it was only Bowie's injuries that made him a poor pick. He went on to have a very good career after he healed up.

    by Hg on 10/6/2011 2:15 PM
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