Gerald Henderson

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Gerald Henderson
No. 43, 15, 7, 12, 10, 9, 22
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1956-01-16) January 16, 1956 (age 59)
Richmond, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Huguenot (Richmond, Virginia)
College VCU (1974–1978)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 3 / Pick: 64th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 1979–1992
Career history
19791984 Boston Celtics
19841986 Seattle SuperSonics
1986–1987 New York Knicks
1987–1989 Philadelphia 76ers
1989 Milwaukee Bucks
1989–1991 Detroit Pistons
1991–1992 Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,773 (8.9 ppg)
Rebounds 1,453 (1.7 rpg)
Assists 3,141 (3.6 apg)
Stats at

Jerome McKinley "Gerald" Henderson, Sr. (born January 16, 1956) is a retired American basketball player. He was a combo guard who had a 13-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1979 until 1992. He played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons, and Houston Rockets. Henderson was born in Richmond, Virginia[1] and attended Virginia Commonwealth University.

He was most famous for his steal of a James Worthy pass to score a game-tying layup in game two of the 1984 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the L.A. Lakers. The Celtics eventually prevailed in overtime. Henderson then told the reporters, "For a minute I could hear Johnny Most going, 'Henderson steals the ball!'"

As of 2006, he and his wife run a real estate business in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Their son, Gerald Henderson, Jr. was selected by the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association in the 2009 NBA draft.

In 2012, Henderson was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Gerald Henderson (II)". Retrieved 2007-03-21. 

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