December 15, 1970 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Wehrle (Columbus, Ohio)|
|NBA draft||1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,031 (6.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,142 (3.6 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Funderburke was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he played high school basketball. As a child, all he had was a bowling ball to shoot, which resulted in his unusual shooting technique.
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 future NBA player Jimmy Jackson to lead Ohio State to the Big Ten Championship in 1992.
Funderburke was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2nd round (51st overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft, honing his game in Europe (with Greece's Ampelokipoi and PAOK 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. After serving mainly as a reliable backup for Webber for six seasons, Funderburke missed the entire 2003–04 season, ultimately being waived in March 2004.
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 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.
- Lawrence Funderburke (Author). "Hook Me Up, Playa!: Lawrence Funderburke: 9780976747109: Amazon.com: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- Kim, Peter (2009-09-23). "We Like Obscure NBA Players: Lawrence Funderburke". The No-Look Pass. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- Hook Me Up, Playa!: Lawrence Funderburke: 9780976747109: Amazon.com: Books