Former Syracuse star, Knicks player Louis Orr dies at 64

Dec 15, 2022, 8:27 PM | Updated: Dec 16, 2022, 11:19 am
FILE - Indiana Pacers' Louis Orr drives to the basket as Washington Bullets' Spencer Haywood (24) g...

FILE - Indiana Pacers' Louis Orr drives to the basket as Washington Bullets' Spencer Haywood (24) goes for the block during second quarter action at the Capital Center in Landover, Md., Dec. 26, 1981. Haywood knocked the ball away, into the hands of teammate Greg Ballard. Louis Orr, a standout at Syracuse who played eight NBA seasons before going into a lengthy career in coaching, has died. He was 64. Orr's family said Friday in a statement through Georgetown that he died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.(AP Photo/Joe Giza, File)

(AP Photo/Joe Giza, File)

              FILE - Seton Hall head basketball coach Louis Orr smiles as he answers a question at Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J., Sunday, March 12, 2006, after his team was selected for the NCAA Tournament. Louis Orr, a standout at Syracuse who played eight NBA seasons before going into a lengthy career in coaching, has died. He was 64. Orr's family said Friday in a statement through Georgetown that he died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/Mike Derer, File)
            
              FILE - Bowling Green coach Louis Orr gives instructions during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, in East Lansing, Mich. Louis Orr, a standout at Syracuse who played eight NBA seasons before going into a lengthy career in coaching, has died. He was 64. Orr's family said Friday in a statement through Georgetown that he died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.(AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)
            
              FILE - Syracuse basketball greats Roosevelt Bouie, left, and Louis Orr, right, thank the crowd during a ceremony where their jerseys were retired during half time of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Louis Orr, a standout at Syracuse who played eight NBA seasons before going into a lengthy career in coaching, has died. He was 64. Orr's family said Friday in a statement through Georgetown that he died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi, File)
            
              FILE - Bowling Green head coach Louis Orr in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game with Michigan, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. Louis Orr, a standout at Syracuse who played eight NBA seasons before going into a lengthy career in coaching, has died. He was 64. Orr's family said Friday in a statement through Georgetown that he died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)
            
              FILE - Former Syracuse basketball great Louis Orr watches a video monitor during a ceremony where his jersey was retired at half time of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Louis Orr, a standout at Syracuse who played eight NBA seasons before going into a lengthy career in coaching, has died. He was 64. Orr's family said Friday in a statement through Georgetown that he died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi, File)
            
              FILE - Indiana Pacers' Louis Orr drives to the basket as Washington Bullets' Spencer Haywood (24) goes for the block during second quarter action at the Capital Center in Landover, Md., Dec. 26, 1981. Haywood knocked the ball away, into the hands of teammate Greg Ballard. Louis Orr, a standout at Syracuse who played eight NBA seasons before going into a lengthy career in coaching, has died. He was 64. Orr's family said Friday in a statement through Georgetown that he died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.(AP Photo/Joe Giza, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louis Orr, a star forward at Syracuse who played eight NBA seasons before going into a lengthy career in coaching, has died. He was 64.

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

Orr helped Syracuse make four NCAA Tournament appearances from 1976-80 and earned All-Big East season and conference tournament honors during his senior year. His No. 55 was retired in 2015.

“Louis Orr was the greatest man I’ve had the pleasure to know,” longtime Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim posted on social media. “He came into my life as my first recruit, became a fantastic coach and colleague — but most importantly, he became a dear friend. I will treasure our years together. Sending my love to his family and our Orange family.”

Syracuse’s men’s basketball program also shared a message mourning the loss of what it called “an Orange legend — a player, a coach, and most importantly a great person who made everyone around him better. Louis Orr’s memory will live in our hearts forever, and especially whenever we look up and see his No. 55 in the Dome rafters.”

Orr was a second-round pick by Indiana in 1980 and played two seasons with the Pacers before spending six seasons playing for the New York Knicks from 1982-88.

The Cincinnati native moved into the college coaching ranks as an assistant at Xavier in 1991 and had stints at Providence and his alma mater before taking over the head job at Siena in 2000. He coached one season there, five at Seton Hall and seven at 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 a Hoyas assistant and transitioned to special assistant to the head coach in the spring.

Ewing said he lost a great friend and someone who had been in his life since he was 22 breaking into the NBA.

“We developed a friendship and a brotherhood,” Ewing said in a statement. “He was always someone I could talk to — we would talk about life, we would talk about basketball, we would talk about family. He will be truly missed and he will forever be part of this (Georgetown) program.”

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