Born March 21, 1939 Orbie Bowling played in the NBA mainly as a Centre during their playing career, season(s): 1968-1968. Orbie Lee "Orb" Bowling is a 6'10" retired American basketball player. A native of Sandy Hook, Kentucky he was also known as "Chief." Bowling played collegiately for the University of Tennessee. Bowling was selected by the New York Knicks in the 11th round of the 1963 NBA Draft.