Lawrence Funderburke

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Lawrence Funderburke
No. 51
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1970-12-15) December 15, 1970 (age 44)
Columbus, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Wehrle (Columbus, Ohio)
College Indiana (1989–1990)
Ohio State (1991–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 1994–2005
Career history
1994–1995 Abelokipi (Greece)
1995–1996 P.A.O.K. (Greece)
1996–1997 Pau-Orthez (France)
19972004 Sacramento Kings
2005 Chicago Bulls
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,031 (6.4 ppg)
Rebounds 1,142 (3.6 rpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lawrence Damon Funderburke (born December 15, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio) is a retired American basketball player, formerly of the National Basketball Association.

Basketball career[edit]

Lawrence Funderburke was born and raised in Ohio, where he played high school basketball.

Collegiate career[edit]

Funderburke played his freshman year of college basketball at Indiana University, where he is known for tangling with Bobby Knight. He transferred after that season to Ohio State University, where he played his three remaining years of eligibility. There, he teamed with fellow NBA star Jimmy Jackson to lead Ohio State win the Big Ten Championship in 1992.[1]

NBA career[edit]

Funderburke was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft, honing his game in Europe (in Greece's Ambelokipi and PAOK BC and French outfit Pau-Orthez) for three years, before joining the Kings in 1997.

Funderburke averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds as a rookie and played a vital role for the Kings during their successful seasons spanning from 1999–2003 as a backup to Chris Webber.[2] After serving mainly as a reliable backup for All-Star Chris Webber for 6 seasons, Funderburke missed the entire 2003–04 schedule, being ultimately waived in March 2004.

After appearing in two games for the Chicago Bulls, Funderburke retired in June 2005, holding NBA career averages of 6.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

Other activities[edit]

Lawrence Funderburke graduated with a degree in business finance from Ohio State.

While an active player in 2000, Funderburke and his wife founded the Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to help at-risk children, through a variety of services.

Hook Me Up, Playa! is a book by Lawrence Funderburke that warns both professional and aspiring athletes of the dark side of the limelight through interviews with close friends who are (or were) professional athletes.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lawrence Funderburke (Author). "Hook Me Up, Playa!: Lawrence Funderburke: 9780976747109: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  2. ^ Kim, Peter (2009-09-23). "We Like Obscure NBA Players: Lawrence Funderburke". The No-Look Pass. Retrieved 2014-03-19. 
  3. ^ Hook Me Up, Playa!: Lawrence Funderburke: 9780976747109: Amazon.com: Books

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