Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Louis Orr, Syracuse star and former Knicks player, passes away

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Louis Orr, a star forward at Syracuse University who played eight NBA seasons before beginning a long coaching career, has died. He was 64 years old.

Orr’s family said in a statement Friday through Georgetown University that Orr died Thursday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Orr helped Syracuse to four NCAA tournaments between 1976 and 1980 and earned All-Big East season and conference tournament recognition during his senior year as a player at the college level. His number, 55, was retired in 2015.

The Syracuse men’s basketball program posted on social media, “We mourn the loss of an Orange legend – a player, a coach and, most importantly, a great man who made those around him better.” “The memory of Louis Orr will forever live on in our hearts, and especially every time we look up and see his number 55 in the dome’s rafters.”

Orr was a second-round pick out of Indiana in 1980 and played two seasons with the Pacers before spending six seasons with the New York Knicks from 1982–1988.

Orr, a Cincinnati native, joined the college coaching ranks as an assistant at Xavier in 1991 and worked at Providence and his alma mater before taking over as head coach at Siena in 2000. in Bowling Green.

Orr was an assistant in the Chinese Basketball Association for one year before joining coach Patrick Ewing’s staff at Georgetown. He spent five seasons as an assistant with the Hoyas and became a special assistant to the head coach in the spring.

Ewing said that when he entered the NBA he lost a great friend and a person who had been in his life since he was 22 years old.

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