Jess Kersey's proudest officiating moment wasn't about him. It didn't involve Kareem, Jordan, Bird or LeBron. It wasn't derived from the staggering numbers he compiled refereeing professional basketball for three decades.
Indeed, the memory that made Kersey beam most came eight years after his final game.
It was the 2015 NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis, where his oldest son, Bryan, refereed on college basketball's grandest stage. How important was that experience to Jess?
He postponed a chemotherapy treatment to make it happen.
The cancer that first struck Kersey weeks before the trip took his life Saturday morning. He was 76 and died at his Williamsburg home,...