ABA Star, Portland broadcasting legend Steve "Snapper" Jones dies

 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: ABA Star, Portland broadcasting legend Steve "Snapper" Jones dies

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ABA star, Portland broadcasting legend Steve “Snapper” Jones dies



Steve “Snapper” Jones, a three-time ABA All-Star who became the long-time color broadcaster for the Portland Trail Blazers — and with the “NBA on NBC” for a decade — has died at age 75 at his home in Houston after having battled a lengthy illness.

Jones played eight ABA seasons — bouncing between Oakland, New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas, Carolina, Denver, and St. Louis — where he averaged 16 points a game and was a three-time All-Star. His final season playing was in the NBA with Portland in 1975-76, the city where he grew up, and he was eventually able to parlay that into a broadcasting career with the team for 26 seasons, and also work nationally including on ESPN, TNT, and NBC.

“Steve was as positive and good-natured a broadcasting partner as I could have had,” Hall of Fame broadcaster Bill Schonely of Jones. “He loved to call me ‘Pops’ as a nickname, and we worked very well together on Trail Blazers games during some of the early years of the franchise. He was a terrific guy.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement on Jones passing.


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The NBA family mourns the passing of Steve "Snapper" Jones - former Portland Trail Blazer, ABA All-Star and one of the NBA's all-time great TV analysts. We send our deepest condolences to his family and many friends. - Adam Silver

11:26 PM - Nov 25, 2017
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:08 pm    Post subject:

whoa

I loved listening to him seethe when the Blazers would get crushed by the Lakers
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:10 pm    Post subject:

Same(well except the Blazers/Lakers part)

I loved him and Walton nothing will ever top the NBA on NBC to me. I feel like my childhood is dying bit by bit.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:11 pm    Post subject:

Huey Lewis & The News wrote:
whoa

I loved listening to him seethe when the Blazers would get crushed by the Lakers


Not only the Blazers but the Lakers beating the Kings seemed to annoy him, but nonetheless he was a legend and will solely be missed.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:55 pm    Post subject:

RIP Snapper Jones

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OsovYzk7e2Q
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:21 pm    Post subject:

Snapper used to get salty when the Blazers folded on cue, but I liked his passion for the game and anyone who makes it to the NBA as a player deserves a lot of respect as that takes game.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:57 pm    Post subject:



Oh WOW!

It’s funny - I absolutely could not STAND Snapper during games but I was just recently wondering what he was up to and how he was doing. Sad to hear of his passing . RIP
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:56 pm    Post subject:

RIP



I remember Bill Walton used to annoy him with his outlandish commentary
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:34 pm    Post subject:

went undrafted.....became 3x ABA All Star

**never received a technical foul in his career
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:06 am    Post subject:

24ways2die wrote:
RIP

I remember Bill Walton used to annoy him with his outlandish commentary


at NY, 02

Bill: "THAT'S what the Lakers need to do, get the ball into Shaq and let him "TRHOW IT DOWN!""

Snapper: "That's the first time he's been open ALLL gaaaaame..."

Bill (annoyed): "Balderdash..."

Snapper and other commentor: "Ha ha ha ha ha..."
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:58 pm    Post subject:

Remember listening to him on NBC as a kid. RIP
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:46 am    Post subject:

R.I.P. Lots of good memories of listening to Snapper call games back in the days when the NBA was on CBS and NBC.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:10 am    Post subject:

Lots of memories of Snapper. He had passion. Thank you for the years of entertainment. God Bless Snapper and Family.
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