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Kirk Penney

Kirk Penney is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for Trabzonspor Basketball of the Turkish Basketball League.

He played college basketball in the United States at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1999 through 2003.

Penney became the second New Zealander (after Sean Marks) to play in the NBA. However, his stint was short-lived, being cut by the Heat several days later. Days later he signed to play the rest of the 2003-04 season in the ACB (Spain) with CB Gran Canaria.

After building his career in the US and in Europe he returned to New Zealand in 2007, signing with the New Zealand Breakers. Penney's addition to the previously unsuccessful Breakers proved to be the tonic for the Breakers success, with the team qualifying for their first ever finals series, before eventually finishing in sixth position overall. On 21 January 2010, Penney scored a career-high 49 points in a 103–89 win over the Adelaide 36ers in Auckland. In 2011 Kirk helped the Breakers to their first ANBL title, then left the club to further his career in Europe

Penney debuted for the Tall Blacks at the age of just 18 (in 1999) and has now represented the Tall Blacks, his country's national team, at two Olympic Games (in 2000 and 2004) and three world championships (2002, 2006 and 2010).


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