Former Bulls player Orlando Woolridge dies

Former Bulls player Orlando Woolridge dies
June 1, 2012, 4:35 pm
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Former NBA player Orlando Woolridge has died after suffering from a long battle with heart disease, according to the Shreveport Times. He was 52.

Woolridge spent 13 years in the NBA and was the No. 6 overall pick by the Bulls in 1981. He spent his first five years in the league with Chicago and averaged 22 points per game in 1985.

Woolridge also played for the Nets, Lakers, Nuggets, Pistons, Bucks, and 76ers. He struggled with substance abuse for much of the 1988-89 season, but returned to the league the following year. After the conclusion of his NBA career in 1994, he spent time playing in Europe.

After his retirement, Woodlridge coached the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA in 1998 and 1999.