Ex-NBA player Orlando Woolridge dead at 52
(CBS/AP) MANSFIELD, La. - Orlando Woolridge, a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls in 1981 who played in the NBA for 13 years, 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 heart condition.
Woolridge 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 played five seasons in Chicago, averaging 22.9 points per game in 1984-85, Michael Jordan's first in the league, ESPN.com notes.
His career was marred by a 1987-88 suspension for substance abuse.
Also, DeSoto Parish deputies said in February, Woolridge was arrested for stealing more than $1,500 of aluminum water lines.
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