The world of NBA broadcasting is mourning the loss of one of their most popular announcers. Steve "Snapper" Jones passed away on Saturday.
It was reported that Jones had been battling an illness for a long time. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.
"Steve was as positive and good-natured a broadcasting partner as I could have had," Blazers broadcast partner Bill Schonely said. "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."
Besides being an announcer, Jones was also a former ABA and NBA player. He died in Houston, Texas, according to his friends and family.
"Jones was a three-time All-Star in eight ABA seasons, averaging 16.0 points in 640 regular-season games for Oakland, New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas, Carolina, Denver and St. Louis. He finished his career with Portland in 1975-76, averaging 6.5 points in 64 games in his lone NBA season," reported ESPN.
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