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Former Notre Dame, NBA star Woolridge dies at 52

 

Orlando Woolridge (photo courtesy of Notre Dame athletics)

Former basketball star Orlando Woolridge died on Thursday night at his parents’ home in Mansfield, Louisiana. He was 52.

Woolridge had suffered for years with a chronic heart condition and was under hospice care.

The 6’9, 215-pound center/forward played in the NBA with Chicago, New Jersey, the Lakers, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee and the Philadelphia 76ers.

One of the most-prolific dunkers in NBA history, Wooldridge played in 851 games scoring 13,623 points (16.0 ppg), grabbed 3,696 rebounds (4.3 rpg) and dished out 1,609 assists (1.9 apg).

He played his final two seasons of basketball in Italy with Benetton Treviso and Buckler Bologna.

Woolridge also coached three teams, the LA Sparks in the WNBA and two teams from the ABA.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Notre Dame, Radio & TV news

Penicheiro, Lavender help Bryant win debut as Sparks coach

 

Janet Lavender visiting with Stu Mason on High School Bounce broadcast back in April 2011 (file photo)

Joe Bryant is back in the win column as the head coach of the LA Sparks.

Tichia Penicheiro scored 18 and OSU product Jantel Lavender scored 12 points off the bench as the Sparks snapped a five-game losing streak with an 84-74 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Tuesday night.

Bryant, the father of Lakers’ star Kobe, took over the Sparks head job on Sunday after the firing of Jennifer Gillom. This is his second stint as coach of the Sparks (5-6). He previously coached them from August 2005 through the end of the 2006 season.

The Sparks scored 49 points off the bench.

 

Info compiled for the Los Angeles Sparks