An Irishman Abroad

Pat Burke: Episode 185

April 1, 2017

Pat Burke is the only Irish-born player to have played in the NBA. This week he joined Jarlath to talk about his journey from Tullamore to Ohio, before playing professionally in Europe and then arriving back Stateside once more to play for Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns. As he now runs the Hoops Life youth training program, Pat is in the ideal position to discuss the importance of letting children fail (16:00) and how communication in sport has changed over the years (20:00). Pat reveals the effect the hierarchical nature on the team dynamic in an NBA dressing room (28:00) and why he believes Doc Rivers is one of the greatest coaches at babysitting and massaging ego (37:00).

In an episode which is surprisingly not basketball-centered, Pat goes into fascinating detail about the impact of the individual within a team environment (20:00) and his earliest memories of being an Irish emigrant in America (42:00). From offering his thoughts on the impact of money in the NBA (53:00), to playing opposite Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O’Neill (59:00), this episode is the opportunity to hear a rare extended conversation with arguably the greatest Irish ball player of all time.

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