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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The line moves briskly inside Calvary Baptist Church, where hundreds of homeless people wait to be fed. As they receive their daily bread, nearly everyone looks toward heaven -- less in thanks, perhaps, than in wonder.The man doling out the dinner rolls stands 7 feet 7."Good Lawd, how's the weather up there?" a gap-toothed woman asks Gheorghe Muresan, the Washington Bullets' center. Muresan, one of the celebrities working the charity event, bobs his head and laughs heartily at that tired old line.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1999
On approach, the massiveness of his 7-foot-7 body screams intimidation. When he extends his right hand -- with a grasp so wide he can grip the top and bottom of a soda can between his thumb and index finger -- you wonder if a handshake is really a good idea.Then you watch him on the court just left of the foul line, demanding the ball, catching and shooting in one fluid motion. You can close your eyes and listen to the nets snap -- pop, pop, pop -- and remember his skilled, feathery shooting touch.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1999
On approach, the massiveness of his 7-foot-7 body screams intimidation. When he extends his right hand -- with a grasp so wide he can grip the top and bottom of a soda can between his thumb and index finger -- you wonder if a handshake is really a good idea.Then you watch him on the court just left of the foul line, demanding the ball, catching and shooting in one fluid motion. You can close your eyes and listen to the nets snap -- pop, pop, pop -- and remember his skilled, feathery shooting touch.
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By Beth Pinsker and Beth Pinsker,DALLAS MORNING NEWS | April 10, 1998
What kind of encore does Billy Crystal have up his sleeve after last spring's disappointing "Father's Day"? The equally disappointing "My Giant," which doesn't even boast the high energy of a co-star such as Robin Williams. Instead, the movie hinges on Washington Wizards center Gheorghe Muresan, a 7-foot-7 Romanian shot-blocker who should have been left to practice his more developed talents.Acting is simply not his thing. Certainly, acting in English is beyond his large grasp.Crystal is Sammy, a fast-talking agent with a lousy track record, a broken marriage and a son who's learning not to count on him. His one last client is on a film set in Eastern Europe.
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November 1, 1996
Opponent: Orlando MagicSite: Orlando Arena, Orlando, Fla.TV/Radio: WBDC (Ch. 50)/WWRC (980 AM)Outlook: The start of the 1996-97 season will likely see both teams without key players. The Bullets placed C Gheorghe Muresan (hip flexor) on the injured list yesterday, while the Magic may be without G Anfernee Hardaway (tendinitis, left knee). Bullets backup C Lorenzo Williams (sore knee) did not travel, leaving Chris Webber as the likely starting center. Both teams enter the season having undergone tremendous change.
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By Beth Pinsker and Beth Pinsker,DALLAS MORNING NEWS | April 10, 1998
What kind of encore does Billy Crystal have up his sleeve after last spring's disappointing "Father's Day"? The equally disappointing "My Giant," which doesn't even boast the high energy of a co-star such as Robin Williams. Instead, the movie hinges on Washington Wizards center Gheorghe Muresan, a 7-foot-7 Romanian shot-blocker who should have been left to practice his more developed talents.Acting is simply not his thing. Certainly, acting in English is beyond his large grasp.Crystal is Sammy, a fast-talking agent with a lousy track record, a broken marriage and a son who's learning not to count on him. His one last client is on a film set in Eastern Europe.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1997
LANDOVER -- You've seen him dancing on promotional spots for ESPN's "SportsCenter." And you've seen him pushing a fictitious "Gheorghe Muresan Cologne" in a hilarious Snickers ad.But are you ready for Gheorghe Muresan, movie star?Get ready, because the Bullets' 7-foot-7 center will join athletes such as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal when he stars in a movie "My Giant" that will begin filming in Italy in June. The project has been talked about for nearly two years. Actor Billy Crystal broke the news to Muresan on Saturday that they are ready to move forward with the project.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer | July 8, 1994
Five veterans, including 1993 first-round pick Calbert Cheaney, will be among the 13 players that will participate in the Washington Bullets rookie/free agent camp that begins today at Bowie State University.The camp, which runs until Tuesday when the Bullets travel to Philadelphia to play the Baker League All-Stars, also will feature appearances by 1994 draft picks Juwan Howard (No. 5 overall) and Jim McIlvaine. Both will join the two-a-day sessions Monday, but how much action the unsigned draftees will see is unclear.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1996
BOWIE -- Last season, the Washington Bullets never played a game with the lineup they anticipated having. After struggling through the first five games of this season, the Bullets get to do that tonight.Gheorghe Muresan is back. After missing the first five games because of a hip flexor injury, the 7-foot-7 center has been activated off the injured list and will start in tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons."There is no pain," Muresan said yesterday, after another impressive practice.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1995
TORONTO -- With Chris Webber probably out of the lineup for the next two months, Juwan Howard is expected to shoulder the load for the Washington Bullets. For the second straight game, Howard showed that he's more than capable of doing the job.Howard scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 35 minutes last night as the Bullets held off a late rally by the expansion Toronto Raptors for a 99-89 win before 16,821 at SkyDome.It was the second straight win of the preseason for the Bullets, who got 17 points from Calbert Cheaney.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | April 26, 1997
CHICAGO -- Chris Webber stole a glance at the stat sheet on his chair. He laughed, shook his head and yelled something to a teammate. Clearly, he saw something he couldn't believe.His eight points, perhaps?His 24 minutes?Webber wouldn't say."We lost the game," he said last night after fouling out in the Bullets' 98-86 playoff loss to Chicago. "They were the better team. They played real hard. Good thing it's a five-game series."Webber wasn't going to complain about the officials, not after a late-season loss at Charlotte in which the Bullets alleged that referee Jim Clark was getting back at the All-Star forward for showing him up in a previous game.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1997
LANDOVER -- For weeks, the Washington Bullets have preached taking care of their business. By doing just that last night, they were able to reduce the run for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference to a two-team race.Just two years ago, the Indiana Pacers came within a game of reaching the NBA Finals. But the team's run of seven consecutive seasons in the playoffs came to an end last night as they were eliminated by a 103-90 loss to the Bullets before a sellout crowd at USAir Arena.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 23, 1997
LANDOVER -- On a night when the Trail Blazers came to USAir Arena as the hottest team in the league, the Washington Bullets had much more incentive beside ending Portland's 11-game winning streak."
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1997
LANDOVER -- You've seen him dancing on promotional spots for ESPN's "SportsCenter." And you've seen him pushing a fictitious "Gheorghe Muresan Cologne" in a hilarious Snickers ad.But are you ready for Gheorghe Muresan, movie star?Get ready, because the Bullets' 7-foot-7 center will join athletes such as Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal when he stars in a movie "My Giant" that will begin filming in Italy in June. The project has been talked about for nearly two years. Actor Billy Crystal broke the news to Muresan on Saturday that they are ready to move forward with the project.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | March 10, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The line moves briskly inside Calvary Baptist Church, where hundreds of homeless people wait to be fed. As they receive their daily bread, nearly everyone looks toward heaven -- less in thanks, perhaps, than in wonder.The man doling out the dinner rolls stands 7 feet 7."Good Lawd, how's the weather up there?" a gap-toothed woman asks Gheorghe Muresan, the Washington Bullets' center. Muresan, one of the celebrities working the charity event, bobs his head and laughs heartily at that tired old line.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1997
LANDOVER -- The Washington Bullets blew a 17-point lead before hanging on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers last month. So when they built an 18-point lead over the Clippers in the third quarter last night, one thought surely the Bullets would put them away this time.But once again, the Bullets found themselves giving up a big lead. And again the Bullets escaped, this time with a 102-98 win before 14,040 at USAir Arena.The Bullets' third straight win pushed them to three games over .500 for the first time this year (18-15)
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1996
BOWIE -- Washington Bullets guard Robert Pack returned to practice yesterday, his first five-on-five action since suffering nerve damage to his right leg Jan. 8. But even with Pack back on the court, there are no assurances he'll see game action the rest of the season.Pack was not pleased with his performance yesterday and said he needed more practice to work off the rust. But with just 14 games remaining, there might not be enough practice time to get him back in shape and ready to help in a possible playoff run."
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | December 1, 1996
LANDOVER -- These days it's getting kind of difficult to figure out which is the real Washington Bullets team. Is it the one that goes out and gets blasted by mediocre teams? Or is it the club that goes toe-to-toe with the NBA's best?Going against the Houston Rockets last night, the Bullets -- at least on paper -- appeared to be no match for the top team in the Western Conference. But Washington managed to go toe-to-toe with the Rockets, only to fall short in the end, 103-99, before a sellout crowd of 18,756 at USAir Arena.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1996
BOWIE -- Last season, the Washington Bullets never played a game with the lineup they anticipated having. After struggling through the first five games of this season, the Bullets get to do that tonight.Gheorghe Muresan is back. After missing the first five games because of a hip flexor injury, the 7-foot-7 center has been activated off the injured list and will start in tonight's game against the Detroit Pistons."There is no pain," Muresan said yesterday, after another impressive practice.
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