Louis Orr, a leading star at Syracuse who played alongside Bernard King and Patrick Ewing for the Knicks in the 1980s and later became a college coach, including Ewing’s assistant at Georgetown, died Thursday. He is 64 years old.
Orr’s family said the cause was cancer Report Published by Georgetown. The report did not say where he died.
Orr scored above 50 percent in all four years of his college career. After working as a sixth man as a freshman, he became a starter. He enjoyed a breakout year as a senior in the 1979–80 season, averaging 16 points and 8.5 rebounds. That year, the team won the Big East Championship, and Orr was named Syracuse’s Most Valuable Player and selected to the All-Big East First Team.
Orr was drafted by the Pacers in 1980 and joined the Knicks in 1982. He found his skinny build a problem in the NBA “This Orr kid was about 6-foot-8, maybe 180, wet,” Chuck Daly, a Philadelphia assistant coach, told The New York Times in 1981. profile Or. Some in basketball called him Bones, which Orr didn’t appreciate, The Times reported.
“God gave me a body that was bent but not broken,” Orr said. “Sometimes I hurt after a game, but the injuries keep disappearing.”
Brave Knicks power forward Len Robinson, nicknamed Truck, told the Times In 1984, he learned from playing against Orr.
“He’s a smart player, he knows his limitations,” Robinson said. “He doesn’t try to get physical. When he plays against bigger and stronger players, he doesn’t mix with them.
In 1985, a right leg injury set the Knicks back, leading star Robinson and R for King. R, who retired in 1988, overlapped with Ewing, the Knicks’ center, before the team established the core of its 1990s playoff runs with Ewing’s strong partners, such as Anthony Mason.
Orr spent a decade as an assistant coach at Xavier, Providence and Syracuse before becoming the head coach at Siena College and Seton Hall, where he was from 2001 to 2006. In 2003 he won the Big East Coach of the Year, becoming the first person to do so. According to Georgetown, he won the honors as a player and coach in conference history. He was the head coach at Bowling Green State University from 2007 to 2014 and served as an assistant to Ewing, who became the head coach at Georgetown from 2017 until his death.
Louise Orr was born on May 7, 1958 in Cincinnati. He was enough of a star in high school that in 1976, Rick Pitino, then an assistant coach at Syracuse, postponed his honeymoon and instead flew from New York to Cincinnati after his wedding to recruit Orr.
Orr’s survivors include his wife, Yvette; his son, Chauncey; his daughter Monica; and two grandsons.
Orr became an evangelical Christian after his second season in the NBA when he watched a sermon by Jimmy Swaggart while watching television. He came to see coaching as a form of ministerial training told the Times In 2005, he tended to write about a dozen verses behind his game plans. His favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11:
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord—or, not infrequently, the coach—”plans not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future.”
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