NBA Veteran from Blue Bell Takes on Leadership Role for Hometown 76ers

Gerald Henderson
Photo of Gerald Henderson courtesy of Michael Bryant, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Gerald Henderson Jr., who grew up in Blue Bell, is planning to provide strong leadership for the youthful Philadelphia 76ers, as his role will be similar to last season’s with the Portland Trail Blazers, writes Keith Pompey for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 28-year-old shooting guard, who graduated from the Episcopal Academy when it was still located in Merion and who played collegiately at Duke, has eight years in the league under his belt.

He plans to be a vocal and demanding leader on the court, just as he was with the Trail Blazers. Even as a newcomer, he never shied away from calling out his teammates, including All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, when things went wrong on the court.

Henderson – whose father Gerald Henderson Sr. won three NBA championships, two with the Boston Celtics and one with the Detroit Pistons – has also become a key voice in the locker room. He’s quick to voice his opinion in huddles and during timeouts.

The only difference on his new team will be a different jersey number, as he has switched from No. 9 to No. 12, as the latter was his father’s jersey number when he played two years for the 76ers.

“Being one of the guys with more experience, you are put in a position to help the younger guys,” said Henderson.

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