Holler Back: NBA Legend Orlando Woolridge Chunks the Deuces
Sad day for basketball fans as NBA legend Orlando Woolridge passed away after the effects of complications from heart disease on Thursday, at his parents’ home in Louisiana.
The 6th overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls out of Notre Dame, Woolridge played 13 seasons in the NBA with 7 different teams, being known for most of his career as a certified bucket-getter and having one of your sicker boosts.
Woolridge’s best season came in 1990-91 with the Nuggets, where he led the team in scoring with 25.0 ppg, finishing his career with a respectable 16+ ppg whilst also being known as one of the huffer dudes in League history.
In addition to a successful NBA career Woolridge also became a global ballertician, helping lead storied Italian franchise Benetton Treviso, coached by future longtime NBA coach Mike D’Antoni to a European Cup win during the 1994-95, before finishing his career the next season with Buckler Bologna.
In his post-basketball career Woolridge served as head coach of the WNBA’s LA Sparks and had a few other brief stints in with other professional teams before stepping away from the game.