Orlando Woolridge, the rugged forward and former Laker who carved out a reputation over 13 NBA seasons as a scoring specialist and became one of the original alley-oop artists, has died. He was 52.
Woolridge, who was with the Lakers from 1988 to 1990, died Thursday at his parents' home in Mansfield, La. He had been receiving hospice care for a chronic heart condition, according to the local coroner's office.
Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round in 1981, Woolridge spent five seasons with the team. He averaged 22.9 points per game in the 1984-85 campaign, which also marked Michael Jordan's rookie year in Chicago.
On the court, Woolridge emerged as an offensive...