CBS2-Header-Logo WFAN 1010WINS WCBS tiny WLNYLogo

Nets

Former Nets’ High-Flyer Woolridge Dies At 52

13-Year NBA Veteran Passes Away
Orlando Woolridge of the New Jersey Nets makes a move against Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

Orlando Woolridge of the New Jersey Nets makes a move against Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Central
Shop for Nets Gear
Buy Nets Tickets

NBA Scoreboard
NBA Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

NEW YORK SPORTS HEADLINES

Get our weekday morning briefs direct from the WFAN newsroom
Sign Up

MANSFIELD, La. (WFAN/AP) — Former NBA standout Orlando Woolridge has died at his parents’ home in Mansfield, La. He was 52.

The Brooklyn Nets posted a message of condolences on their official Twitter account Friday afternoon: “Our deepest condolences go out to the family of former Net Orlando Woolridge who passed away today. Woolridge played for the Nets 1985-87.”

DeSoto Parish Chief Deputy Coroner Billy Locke said Woolridge died Thursday night. He had been under hospice care for a chronic heart condition.

Woolridge was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls in 1981 and played in the NBA for 13 years. He played alongside a young Michael Jordan with the Bulls and later was a key member off the bench for the ‘Showtime Lakers’ under Pat Riley.

He played for the Bulls, Nets, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons, and also coached the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

One of the league’s most prolific dunkers, Woolridge averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 28.3 minutes in 851 games. After ending his NBA career, Woolridge spent his final two seasons playing professionally in Italy.

He was a star at Mansfield High School before going on to play for Notre Dame.

The 6-foot-9 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.  He helped lead the Irish to the Final Four in 1978.

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.

How will you remember Woolridge’s NBA career?  Share your memories below…

(TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2012 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)