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Friday, June 1st, 2012 at 11:34 am  |  20 responses

Former NBA Player Orlando Woolridge Dead at Age 52


Sad news emerged this morning, as former NBA player Orlando Woolridge died in his parents’ home Thursday night. The 6-9 Woolridge, 52, had been under hospice care for a chronic heart condition. Shreveporttimes.com has the details: “Woolridge was a Mansfield High basketball star and played collegiate basketball with Notre Dame, where he was a member of the 1978 Final Four team. His professional career began in 1981 when he was drafted in the first round by the Chicago Bulls. Woolridge went on to play with a number of NBA teams before his suspension by the league in the 1987-88 season for substance abuse. He retired in 1994, and was inducted in 2010 in to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.”

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  • stanley

    The headband with the lakes and the 15 foot jumpshots will be missed. Dude was a straight baller.

  • Tuomas

    Umm, he did play in the NBA for several years after that. Athletic freak and a very skilled player, although I couldn’t understand how he couldn’t manage to get more boards. RIP.

  • robb

    RIP No. 0

  • Vince5

    One of the few who played with Jordan and Magic during his career. RIP.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    He was a beast! Was doing the “Reverse East Bay” dunk before players like Derozan were even born. RIP.

  • idks

    damn RIP…..he used to make that noise when dunked. damn

  • AQWORD

    R.I.P. Orlando.

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    Always sad to hear. I remember having a full plastic card cover of his cards back when I collected them. RIP.

  • steve

    Once dunked so hard while on the Bulls in like 1982 that they had to delay the game to put a level on the rim and straighten it out.

  • Redd

    As a Bulls fan I say thank you. Rest in peace. I am however EXTREMELY disappointed in Slam for not covering Jack Twymans death. He was an amazing player even more person.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    As a Bulls fan I say thank you & RIP. I am however, disappointed in Slam not also covering the death of Jack Twyman who was an amazing player & even more so, person.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    da meat hook, that was sick, way before it’s time

  • thor

    cosign Redd

  • Reeld

    HE WAS THE FIRST ONE TO DO BETWEEN THE LEGS DUNK IN THE DUNK CONTEST
    RIP,
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7ijzLPcx1I&feature=related

  • Yesse

    Damn, that’s way too early.

    He had some good game.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    RIP

  • bull22

    much sadness, i remember orlando from his days and chicago. that was a good observation for those who remember he played with magic and michael, not many would know that. this must be hard on parents and many condolences to family.

  • thecomputerdude

    RIP

  • http://none Charles Christian

    THE ORIGINAL NUMBER ZERO,I LIKED THE NUMBER ZERO BECAUSE OF HIM

  • OneStep

    Orlando was a hell of a fun player to watch playing. He had boundless energy and would dunk the ball at absolutely every opportunity. Later in his career he came to Europe and absolutely dominated. R.I.P. No. 0.

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