June 1, 2012
Former NBA standout Orlando Woolridge has died at his parents' home in Mansfield, La. He was 52.
DeSoto Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Billy Locke said Woolridge
died Thursday night. He had been under hospice care for a chronic
Woolridge was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls in
1981 and played in the NBA for 13 years. He was a star at Mansfield
High School before going on to play for Notre Dame.
He played for the Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey,
Philadelphia and Detroit, and also coached the Los Angeles Sparks
of the WNBA. He is the father of former KU basketball player Royce Woolridge. Royce Woolridge played at KU during the 2010-11 season before transferring to Washington State.