Former Laker Orlando Woolridge Dies at 52
Former Laker Orlando Woolridge, who played with the team from 1988-90, passed away yesterday at the age of 52.
Woolridge played in 136 games over two seasons with the Lakers, averaging 11.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in 21.4 minutes, while ranking fifth in the NBA with a .556 field goal percentage during the 1989-90 season. Remembered as one of the league’s most prolific dunkers, Wooldridge played for seven different teams over 13 NBA seasons, holding career averages of 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 28.3 minutes in 851 games. After playing in the NBA, Woolridge spent his final two seasons playing professionally in Italy.
Prior to being selected by the Bulls with the sixth overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft, Woolridge averaged 10.6 points in 109 games at Notre Dame, helping the Fighting Irish reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his four collegiate seasons. Woolridge was named second team All-America by The Sporting News as a senior.
Born on December 16, 1959, Woolridge is survived by his three children, Zachary, Renaldo and Tiana; by his parents, Mattie and Larnceen; his sister, Dr. Vanessa Woolridge Duplessis; his brother-in-law, Darren Duplessis; and his nephew, Nigel Duplessis.Orlando Woolridge: Alumni Page