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Late Blazer star Jerome Kersey remembered with giant Christmas light display

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What the Christmas light display will look like once it's put together. What the Christmas light display will look like once it's put together.
The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan tries to hold off the Portland Trail Blazers' Jerome Kersey during first quarter of Game 6 in the NBA Finals in Chicago, Sunday, June 14, 1992. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell) The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan tries to hold off the Portland Trail Blazers' Jerome Kersey during first quarter of Game 6 in the NBA Finals in Chicago, Sunday, June 14, 1992. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

It has been 8 months since Portland lost Blazer star, Jerome Kersey.

His friends said the NBA great is still on their minds as they enter the holiday season, and they are honoring him in a unique way.

A Christmas light display will be hung up to honor Kersey. But it won't be your typical string of lights display, it will be a full production that the builders said could become a new Portland holiday icon.

The man behind the project is Ron Sloy, Kersey's good friend of 30 years. He told FOX 12 he wanted to build a Christmas light display featuring number 25 before Kersey passed away, but it didn't happen. So he said now is the perfect time to honor his friend.

"What my wife and I wanted to do is pay tribute to him. And we decided there's no finer time than the holidays to remind everyone what a great person he was, how special he was to the community and the Blazer organization," said Sloy.

Hanset Stainless Inc in NE Portland took on the job of building a giant "JK 25" Christmas display.

The 36-foot high display will feature 3,800 sparkling lights that can be seen for miles.

The project manager, Shane Crunchie, said he hopes the display will become a Portland holiday staple, as it's put up over the years.

"I think that's the cool nature of the project. If it were just a Christmas project it would still be fun and cool and tricky. But because it's for Jerome, I think it's very special," said Crunchie.

The giant light display will go up at Ron Sloy's SW Portland home. But he said people should be able to see it from downtown Portland, the Freemont Bridge and parts of I-5.

Now that the display is just about finished in the factory, Sloy said it will take about 5 days to actually put it together at his home.

People will be able to see it lit up in all it's glory sometime next week.

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