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Burks' recovery slow; fourth surgery scheduled

Antonio Burks (Source: Memphis Grizzlies) Antonio Burks (Source: Memphis Grizzlies)

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former Memphis Tiger and Memphis Grizzly Antonio Burks remained hospitalized Wednesday after a Monday night shooting that nearly took his life.

Still praying for a speedy recovery, Antonio Burks' mother, Connie, joined other family members Wednesday at The MED to show her son support.

"Yes, I'm angry because my son has been shot, and it could've been worse than what it was," she said.

While Antonio Burks remained in stable condition Wednesday, he is scheduled to have a fourth surgery after being shot in the lower torso Monday night.

"Just too many surgeries for anybody," Connie Burks said.

Burks' uncle, Minister Robert Burks, said his nephew is responsive.

"He responding by squeezing your hand, and if he hears your voice, he'll squeeze your hand and let you know he knows you," Robert Burks said.

"He's alert," brother Chris Burks added, "but heavily sedated by the medicine they got him."

Family members say it's sad that Antonio Burks got caught up in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"He was dropping someone off, saw some friends, and got out to talk with them," Connie Burks said. "That's when everything took place."

Police believe the subsequent robbery was random, and no one has been arrested.  Family members say their only hope now is that whoever shot Burks will be caught or come forward, so that justice can be served.

"Ain't no retaliation against nobody or nothing like that. We just pray for the ones who did it," Robert Burks said.

"The person that did it...I hope they get caught," Connie Burks added.

Antonio Burks was a second-round draft choice in 2004, averaging 2.3 points and 1.3 assists over two seasons with the Grizzlies.

After the Grizzlies released him, Burks signed a one-year nonguaranteed contract with the Miami Heat, but he was released again.

He played for pro teams in Bulgaria and Poland during the 2008-2009 season.

In 2003-2004 at the University of Memphis, Burks was Conference USA player of the year, averaging 16 points and 5.5 assists.

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