Sometimes life is too short. When doing some of the lottery busts, I stumbled upon Robert “Tractor” Traylor and he died at the age of 32 because of heart failure. Too young and with a lot to look forward to, it makes you sit back and think, that those who live long into their elderly careers, you have to thank someone for the longeivity.
Orlando Woolridge died on Thursday at the age of 52. He lost the battle with heart disease.
Though relatively unknown, Woolridge, actually starred for the Chicago Bulls before Michael Jordan came on that team and took over. With a sleek frame and unparallel athleticism, Woolridge became one of the game’s most prolific dunkers. But one season with Michael was not enough to bring home a championship and Woolridge moved onto the now defunct New Jersey Nets.
After two years, Woolridge signed with the Los Angles Lakers, where he flourished playing aside Magic Johnson. He was later traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he also showcased his athletic abilities. Afterwards, he split time between the Detriot Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks. He finished his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers.
More recently, he had coached the WNBA’s Los Angles Sparks in 1998 and 1999. He later would coach the Arizona Rhinos in 2008.
Fun fact: He was a cousin to New York Knicks‘ Willis Reed.