Luther Burden

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Luther Burden
Luther Burden.jpg
Burden, circa 1974
Personal information
Born(1953-02-28)February 28, 1953
Haines City, Florida
DiedOctober 29, 2015(2015-10-29) (aged 62)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolSchuyler (Albany, New York)
CollegeUtah (1972–1975)
NBA draft1975 / Round: 2 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1975–1978
PositionShooting guard
Number15, 14
Career history
1975–1976Virginia Squires
19761978New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points1,762 (13.1 ppg)
Rebounds268 (2.0 rpg)
Assists194 (1.4 apg)
Stats at

Luther Dean "Ticky" Burden (February 28, 1953 – October 29, 2015) was an American NBA and ABA basketball player.[1]

High school[edit]

Burden played in Albany, New York's Philip Schuyler High School.


Born in Haines City, Florida, Burden attended the University of Utah. He played for the United States men's national basketball team in the 1974 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal[2] and scoring 20.2 points per game, a Team USA record which was overtaken by Kevin Durant in 2010.[3] In 1975, his junior year, he averaged 28.7 points per game and set the Western Athletic Conference record for field goals in a season with 359.

Professional basketball[edit]

Following his junior season, he was allowed to turn pro as a hardship case. Burden was drafted by the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association and the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. He chose Virginia, but left after one season, during which he had a serious argument with coach Bill Musselman. Upon joining the Knicks, he stated "In Virginia I saw the bad side of pro basketball, in New York I know I'll see the good side".[4] In the 1976-77 season, Burden got into 61 games for the Knicks in a backup role, averaging 10 minutes and 5.7 points per game. However, in the 77-78 season Knicks coach Willis Reed became frustrated with Burden's lack of defensive play, and sent him to the disabled list for the remainder of the season after he played in just two games. Reed unsuccessfully attempted to trade Burden, but ending up placing him on waivers and releasing him following the season.

Legal trouble[edit]

On July 3, 1980, Burden and three other men allegedly robbed a bank in Hempstead, Long Island. Burden was convicted after the three other men struck deals and testified against him, and was given a sentence of six to eighteen years.[5] After serving two years, Burden's conviction was overturned when a court ruled that detectives did not possess search or arrest warrants when they raided Burden's home.[6] Burden would later plead guilty to receiving stolen money in conjunction with the robbery, but was released after being given credit for time served.[6]

Later life[edit]

As of 2010, Burden was working with the YWCA organization, mentoring and coaching basketball.[7] Since 2012, Burden experienced medical problems related to ATTR amyloidosis. He died on October 29, 2015, after developing a fever from cataract surgery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was 62.[1][8][9]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Albany native and former Knick, 'Ticky' Burden dies". Times Union (Albany). 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. ^ 1974 USA Basketball Archived 2007-08-24 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Team USA WBC records Archived 2007-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Syracuse Herald-American, August 22, 1976, page 90
  5. ^ Burden Given 6 to 18 Years
  6. ^ a b SPORTS PEOPLE; Burden Pleads Guilty
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2013-05-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Former Knick Luther 'Ticky' Burden dies at 62". Associated Press. October 29, 2015. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  9. ^ Dell, John (October 29, 2015). "Ticky Burden dies at age 62". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved October 29, 2015.