Frank Brickowski

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Frank Brickowski
Personal information
Born (1959-08-14) August 14, 1959 (age 59)
Bayville, New York
Listed height7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolLocust Valley Central School
(Locust Valley, New York)
College Penn State (1977–1981)
NBA draft 1981 / Round: 3 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1981–1997
Position Power forward / Center
Number34, 33, 43, 40
Career history
1981–1982 Cagiva Varese
1982–1983 Reims CAUFA
1983–1984 Maccabi Tel Aviv
19841986 Seattle SuperSonics
1986–1987 Los Angeles Lakers
19871990 San Antonio Spurs
19901994 Milwaukee Bucks
1994 Charlotte Hornets
1995–1996 Seattle SuperSonics
1996–1997 Boston Celtics
Career NBA statistics
Points 7,302 (10.0 ppg)
Rebounds 3,410 (4.7 rpg)
Assists 1,384 (1.9 apg)
Stats at

Francis Anthony Brickowski (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player, formerly in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America, composed of 30 teams. It is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.


College and overseas career

Born in Bayville, New York, Brickowski played college basketball for four years as a power forward/center for Penn State. He won the John Lawther Award in 1980 as Penn State's MVP. [1]

Bayville, New York Village in New York, United States of America

The Village of Bayville, often referred to as Pine Island, is a village located on Long Island Sound facing Greenwich, Connecticut. The Incorporated Village of Bayville is located within the town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population was 6,669 at the 2010 census. The village was incorporated in 1919 during the incorporated village movement which allowed many larger estate owners on Long Island to establish political and security control over their domains.

Power forward (basketball) Position in the sport of basketball

The power forward (PF), also known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center. They typically play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of which is rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, and several players have become very accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more typically exhibited in the European style of play. Some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals.

Center (basketball) position in basketball

The center (C), also known as the five, or the big man, is one of the five positions in a regular basketball game. The center is normally the tallest player on the team, and often has a great deal of strength and body mass as well. In the NBA, the center is usually 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) or taller and usually weighs 240 pounds (110 kg) or more. They traditionally have played close to the basket in the low post. A center with the ability to shoot outside from three-point range is known as stretch five.

Brickowski was then selected with the 11th pick of the third round of the 1981 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. The Knicks considered him not quite ready for the NBA, so he began his professional basketball career in Italy. [2] After a year in Italy, he played for another year in France, and the Knicks relinquished their draft rights after the 1982–83 NBA season. [1] Brickowski then played another season overseas for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

1981 NBA draft

The 1981 NBA draft was the 35th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 9, 1981, before the 1981–82 season. The draft was broadcast in the United States on the USA Network. In this draft, 23 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each conference, with the order determined by a coin flip. The Dallas Mavericks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Detroit Pistons were awarded the second pick. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was automatically eligible for selection. Before the draft, five college underclassmen announced that they would leave college early and would be eligible for selection. The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 223 players.

New York Knicks professional basketball team based in New York City, New York.

The New York Knickerbockers, more commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden, an arena they share with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the other is the Brooklyn Nets. Alongside the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of two original NBA teams still located in its original city.

The 1982–83 NBA season was the 37th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Philadelphia 76ers winning the NBA Championship, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals.

NBA career

Seattle SuperSonics

Brickowski signed with the Seattle SuperSonics for the 1984–85 season on September 23, 1984, arriving in the league three years after being drafted. [1] He played in Seattle two seasons.

Seattle SuperSonics Professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington, USA 1967–2008

The Seattle SuperSonics, commonly known as the Sonics, were an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. The SuperSonics played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Pacific and Northwest divisions from 1967 until 2008. After the 2007–08 season ended, the team relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and now plays as the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 1984–85 NBA season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship, beating the Boston Celtics 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

Los Angeles Lakers

He signed on with the Los Angeles Lakers on October 8, 1986 but only played part of one season.

Los Angeles Lakers American professional basketball team

The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Western Conference in the Pacific Division. The Lakers play their home games at Staples Center, an arena shared with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association, and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Lakers are one of the most successful teams in the history of the NBA, and have won 16 NBA championships, the second-most behind the Boston Celtics.

San Antonio Spurs

The Lakers traded him to the San Antonio Spurs, along with Pétur Guðmundsson, two draft choices and cash, for Mychal Thompson. [3] Although Brickowski only played 7 games the rest of that season, he played 3 more productive seasons for San Antonio, including scoring a career-high 16 points per game during the 1987–88 season.

San Antonio Spurs American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas

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Pétur Karl Guðmundsson is a retired Icelandic professional basketball player from Reykjavík. He was the first Icelander ever to play in National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a 2.18 m (7'2"), 118 kg (260 lb) center and played college basketball at the University of Washington, in Seattle, United States.

Mychal Thompson retired Bahamian basketball player

Mychal George Thompson is a Bahamian-American former basketball player. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NBA draft, Thompson played the power forward and center positions for the University of Minnesota and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Lakers. Thompson won two NBA championships with the Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s. He is the father of basketball players Klay Thompson and Mychel Thompson, and baseball player Trayce Thompson.

Milwaukee Bucks

During the 1990 off-season, the salary cap went up, which led to Brickowski being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Paul Pressey, to which the Bucks agreed due to an injury to Larry Krystkowiak. [4] He was a productive player during his time in Milwaukee, but not without trouble: during 1991–92, Brickowski was found with an ounce of marijuana at his Montana ranch. He pleaded guilty, [5] and was forced to pay a $2,000 fine and undergo drug counseling. [6]

Charlotte Hornets

At the 1994 trading deadline, The Bucks traded Brickowski to the Charlotte Hornets with a first-round draft pick for Mike Gminski. [7] He spent the rest of the season with Charlotte.

Sacramento Kings

The next season Brickowski joined the Sacramento Kings. [8] However, he injured his shoulder during preseason, aggravating the injury in a practice in January, and ended up being lost for the entire season. [9] Although he had a second year on his contract with the Kings he signed with Seattle.[ clarification needed ]

Return to Seattle

Brickowski signed on for a second stint with Seattle, in which he became a surprising contributor in terms of three-pointers, hitting 32 of 79 (.405). He helped Seattle make it to the 1996 NBA Finals against Chicago Bulls. During that series, Brickowski became notorious in his very physical defense against Dennis Rodman that led to several technical and flagrant fouls.[ clarification needed ][ according to whom? ]

Boston Celtics

Brickowski signed as a free agent with the Boston Celtics on August 1, 1996. [1] After only 17 games, he was released on July 7, 1997, [1] and retired, holding career averages of 10 points, 5 rebounds and two assists per game, in 731 contests.

After the NBA

One year after he retired in 1997, Brickowski joined a team of retired NBA players on a tour of China for a series of exhibition games against the Chinese national team. [10]

Brickowski currently works with the NBA Players Association and lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is married to Meaghan McCarthy. [11]

NBA career statistics

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

1984–85 Seattle 78914.3.492.000.6693.
1985–86 Seattle 4027.8.517.6671.
1986–87 L.A. Lakers 37010.9.564.6782.
1986–87 San Antonio 7011.9.333.000.9092.
1987–88 San Antonio 706831.8.528.200.7686.
1988–89 San Antonio 646028.5.515.000.7156.
1989–90 San Antonio 781218.4.545.000.6744.
1990–91 Milwaukee 757325.5.527.000.7985.
1991–92 Milwaukee 656023.9.524.500.7675.
1992–93 Milwaukee 666431.4.545.308.7286.
1993–94 Milwaukee 434033.5.482.167.7756.
1993–94 Charlotte 28623.3.502.500.7464.
1995–96 Seattle 63815.7.488.405.7092.
1996–97 Boston 17215.0.438.350.7142.


1988 San Antonio 3337.7.5001.000.6847.
1990 San Antonio 10016.1.574.6544.
1991 Milwaukee 3336.7.533.000.5008.
1996 Seattle 2139.8.421.273.7501.


Brickowski's surname is believed to be the inspiration for the character Emmet Brickowski from The Lego Movie .

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