John Canzano of The Oregonian reports that Steve “Snapper” Jones has died at the age of 75.
Some sad news… Steve “Snapper” Jones — former ABA All-Star — has passed away, per source. He was 75.
Former Trail Blazer, Oregon Duck, and Franklin High basketball star…. and broadcaster. pic.twitter.com/Svpvxp255X
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) November 26, 2017
After starring in college for the Oregon Ducks’ basketball team, Jones was a three-time All-Star (1970-72) over eight seasons in the ABA, before finishing up his basketball career in the NBA with his hometown Portland Trail Blazers in 1975-76.
While Jones had a terrific basketball career, he’s probably better-known for his outstanding work as a longtime television analyst, particularly as a color commentator for NBA on NBC for 13 years. Jones was frequently paired with his former Blazers teammate Bill Walton in three-man booths on NBC, and their (good-hearted) arguments made for very entertaining television.
Jones started his career as a broadcaster with CBS in 1976, and was also an analyst for TBS, TNT, NBATV. Additionally, he served as analyst for the Trail Blazers and Seattle Sonics, and covered the 1992 Barcelona Olympics for NBC.