Lawrence Funderburke

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Lawrence Funderburke
Personal information
Born (1970-12-15) December 15, 1970 (age 49)
Columbus, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolWehrle (Columbus, Ohio)
NBA draft1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1994–2005
PositionPower forward
Career history
1995Hapoel Eilat
19972004Sacramento Kings
2005Chicago Bulls
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points2,031 (6.4 ppg)
Rebounds1,142 (3.6 rpg)
Stats at

Lawrence Damon Funderburke (born December 15, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player.

Basketball career[edit]

Funderburke was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he played high school basketball at Wehrle High School, leading them to a state championship in his junior season (1988).

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 future NBA player Jimmy Jackson to lead Ohio State to 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 (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.[2] 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.

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]

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.[3]


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

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