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“He’s one of the people you root for,” Williams said. “We hope all of a sudden the doctor says he’ll be able to start working hard in August. That might not happen, but you hope it does.”

Burney seems at peace. His on-court career has yet to unfold as he hoped, though he also points out he can literally walk away from the game.

There are also the memories of coming home from games to find 30 messages on his Facebook page from friends who saw him deliver an impossible-to-miss dunk or block.

“Yes, I didn’t average 20 points a game [in college] and I didn’t have as many blocks as I did in high school,” Burney said. “I didn’t do a lot of stuff. But at the same time, there’s probably guys who had 20 points but haven’t been on ESPN, a lot of people who don’t even have a highlight tape of themselves on YouTube. I have those things. There’s not too much I can ask for.

“If it ends now, I would be satisfied. I’m not saying I’d be happy, but I’d be satisfied. I guess I’ll be ready to move on to whatever else I’m going to do.”