The NBA world suffered three consecutive losses within an extremely short time span when Jerome Kersey (February 18), Earl Lloyd (February 26), and Anthony Mason (February 28) passed away last month.
Kersey, the athletic forward who participated in some of the league’s storied Slam Dunk Contest of the 1980s, also served as a member of the Portland Trailblazers team that made appearances in 1990 and 1992.
Earl Lloyd gained his claim to fame by becoming the NBA’s first Black player in 1950. He played for 10 years with the Washington Capitols, winning an NBA Championship with the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers), and the Detroit Pistons.
Anthony Mason, whose physical style of play endeared him to New York basketball fans during his days as a Knick, played 13 NBA seasons, finishing his career with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2003.