Patrick John Burke (born December 14, 1973) is an Irish former professional basketball player. Burke (whose family moved from Tullamore, Ireland, to Cleveland, Ohio, when he was three years old) competed in the National Basketball Association and also played in Europe, ending his career with the Polish club Asseco Prokom Sopot. He was a co-captain of the senior Irish national basketball team, and also represented his country at the World University Games.
|Born||December 14, 1973|
Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Mariner (Cape Coral, Florida)|
|NBA draft||1997 / Undrafted|
|2008–2009||Asseco Prokom Sopot|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Youth and early lifeEdit
After not being drafted out of Auburn University, in 1997, Burke became the first Irish born player in NBA history when he signed a contract with the Orlando Magic in 2002. He played in 62 games with them, averaging 4.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He did not play in the NBA during the 2003-04 NBA season, or the 2004-05 NBA season. In his return to the NBA, he played for the Phoenix Suns for two seasons. He was also in training camp with the Golden State Warriors in 2007 before being released.
Burke was a EuroLeague champion with Panathinaikos in the 1999-00 season, and he also helped the "Greens" to win three consecutive Greek League, titles from 1999 to 2001. In Europe, Burke also played with the Spanish clubs Tau Ceramica, Gran Canaria and Real Madrid, and Maroussi in Greece. He helped Real to the final of the ULEB Cup (now called EuroCup) in 2004, and to the Spanish League title in 2005.
In November 2007, Burke signed with the Russian team Khimki. Burke helped Khimki win their first Russian Cup title. He averaged 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, in 211 career games played over all of the different European leagues that he competed in. In 2008, he moved to the Polish club Asseco Prokom Sopot, and he helped the team to win the league's title.