Steve Jones — better known as Snapper Jones — a former professional basketball player who had a long career as an N.B.A. broadcaster, died on Saturday in Houston. He was 75.
The National Basketball Association, quoting family members and friends, said he died after a long illness, which it did not specify.
Jones was a longtime broadcast analyst for the Portland Trail Blazers, the last team he played for. He reached a national audience working for ESPN, TBS, TNT, Fox Sports Net, the USA Network and NBC, where he was an N.B.A. analyst for more than a decade. He retired in 2006.
In a Twitter message, Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, called Jones “one of the N.B.A.’s all-time great TV analysts.”
Jones was a three-time All-Star in eight seasons with the American Basketball Association, averaging 16 points in 640 regular-season games for Oakland, New Orleans, Memphis, Dallas, Carolina, Denver and St. Louis.