He wasn't a Warrior for long, one season to be exact, but Jerome Kersey was a healthy locker room presence in a time of franchise upheaval.
Kersey died Wednesday at age 52. The cause of death was not immediately available.
Kersey came to the Warriors as a free agent in October 1995. Playing in 76 games (58 starts), Kersey averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. The forward was brought in with the hope he could help tutor Joe Smith, a power forward the Warriors drafted No. 1 overall.
On a team that finished 36-46 under Rick Adelman, Kersey was perhaps best remembered for an altercation during practice with teammate Latrell Sprewell. Sprewell left the building, reportedly returning with a two-by-four and threatening to get a gun.
Kersey spent most of his career with the Trail Blazers and served as their Director of Alumni Relations. He underwent knee surgery earlier this week, according to CSN Northwest, and left the team's office Wednesday because he was not feeling well.
He collapsed while walking to his car.