Gerald Henderson

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For his son, see Gerald Henderson, Jr..
Gerald Henderson
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 1979–1994
Position Point guard
Number 43, 15, 7, 12, 10, 9, 22
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 117,773 (8.9 ppg)
Rebounds 111,453 (1.7 rpg)
Assists 173,141 (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.

Henderson is best known for his steal of a James Worthy pass to score a game-tying layup in Game 2 of the 1984 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics eventually prevailed in overtime. In a post-game interview, Henderson said that "For a minute I could hear Johnny Most going, 'Henderson steals the ball!'", in reference to Most's famous call of John Havlicek's steal in the 1965 Eastern Conference finals.

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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