On Thursday night, former Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Chicago Bulls forward Orlando Woolridge passed away at the age of 52 in his parent's home in Mansfield, LA, according to a report by ShreveportTimes.com. Woolridge had been under hospice care due to a chronic heart condition. He played 14 years in the NBA and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the No. 6 overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft. He scored 13,623 points (16.0 PPG) in his NBA career and currently holds the No. 81-ranked career true shooting percentage (56.7%) and the No. 70-ranked career field goal percentage (51.3%) in NBA history.
'59-'12: Orlando Woolridge (Notre Dame) was the 6th overall pick of the 1981 NBA Draft. 1. Aguirre 2. Isiah 3. Buck W 4. Al Wood 5. Vranes— NBA History (@NBAHistory) June 1, 2012
'59-'12: Orlando Woolridge avg-ed a career high 22.9 ppg in his 4th season w/Chi also MJ's rookie season (combined for over 51)— NBA History (@NBAHistory) June 1, 2012
Everyone at SB Nation Chicago sends out their thoughts and prayers to the Woolridge family.