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Antonio Burks - PG, 6'0, 195
Retired - Retired in 2009
       Date of birth: 02/25/1980
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 36th pick, 2004
     Out of: Memphis
  NBA Experience: 2 years
  Hand: Right

From blog:


   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 10
2010-01-10

- Antonio Burks

Burks is still recuperating after being the victim of a near-fatal shooting last summer. Burks was a spectator at an illicit backyard dice game that he probably shouldn't have been at, when two teenagers tried to rob the game. One of them, 18 year old Darquan Swift, shot Burks in the abdomen and fled the scene. Burks almost died from his injuries, spent several months in hospital (much of which was spent on a ventilator), and had to survive multiple life saving operations; he has only recently gotten out of a wheelchair and into the crutches phase. Swift was arrested after an anonymous tip-off and was charged with first degree murder; the case is ongoing.

The news doesn't really get any better for Burks; not only does he have to face extensive rehab from his injuries, but he also has some criminal proceedings to go through. He turned himself into the authorities only a couple of days after appearing in court to identify Swift, the warrants against him being for unpaid child support, driving without a seatbelt and driving with a suspended license. Burks claims he was unable to pay the child support (which happened before the shooting) because he was suspended from playing basketball, which is also true; he was suspended by FIBA for a year in November 2007 after walking out on his previous team, Crvena Zvezda, in April. Crvena Zvezda hadn't paid him for a month, yet apparently that wasn't deemed valid enough of a reason to leave, and Burks was forced to miss the whole 2007-08 season. And while he was able to play in 2008-09, splitting the season between Bulgaria and Poland, he didn't play especially well and probably didn't earn a huge amount in the process. And then the shooting incident happens.

Bad times.

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   Bookkeeping The Retired Guys, 2013 Edition
2013-03-19

Antonio Burks - Former Memphis guard Burks never recovered from his backyard shooting sufficiently to resume a playing career - indeed, he says he cannot even walk without a limp, and that's after 24 surgeries. He joined LeMoyne Owen College as an assistant coach in late 2010; it appears, however, that he is no longer there.

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