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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer | February 6, 1994
By NBA standards it was a simple shot, a running jumper by Michael Adams that at the time gave the Washington Bullets a five-point lead. And since the play happened at the end of the third quarter, the shot generated hardly any response from the players on the Bullets' bench.But there was 7-foot-7 center Gheorghe Muresan, who jumped to his feet screaming as if Adams' shot had won the team an NBA championship. Then the rookie center sat down and offered his hand to his teammates, not getting any response until Tom Gugliotta -- with a perplexed look on his face -- finally offered him five that appeared to settle down Muresan.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | May 4, 1999
WASHINGTON -- It was the arena that Gheorghe Muresan longed to play in. But when the moment finally came last night, it was in a uniform that he never quite envisioned wearing.When Muresan suited up for his first game at the MCI Center it was against his former teammates, the Washington Wizards. That's because earlier yesterday the New Jersey Nets signed the free-agent center to a contract for the remaining two games of the season."I'm with a team and I'm glad to be back," said Muresan, who, because of injuries, had not suited up for a game since helping the then Washington Bullets to the playoffs two years ago. "It gives me more confidence for the future."
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By PHIL JACKMAN | April 11, 1995
Reading Time: Two Minutes.Certainly one of the best highlight package inclusions of the NBA season occurred when, on a defensive switch, Charlotte's Muggsy Bogues ended up with the responsibility of guarding Washington's Gheorghe Muresan, who went right to the hoop and pushed it down through. For the uninitiated, Muresan (7 feet 7) holds a 28-inch height advantage over Bogues (5-3) and, when they extend their arms upward, it increases to about four feet.On the other hand, picture Big Gheorghe hawking Muggsy in the open court.
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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 Writer | October 18, 1994
ST. LOUIS -- He's got a wingspan that measures 7 feet, 10 1/2 inches, he stands 7-7 and can dunk a basketball while standing flat-footed. So it really was funny the other night when Washington Bullets center Gheorghe Muresan attacked the basket on a wide-open, two-handed dunk attempt.He missed.FTC The crowd at the JAR Arena in Akron, Ohio, on Thursday roared with laughter. But for the Cleveland Cavaliers, there was nothing funny about Muresan's play.In his preseason debut, Muresan scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked six shots in 29 minutes.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer | December 21, 1993
Washington Bullets center Gheorghe Muresan, who was placed on the injured list on Dec. 9 to undergo tests on his pituitary gland, was activated yesterday in time for last night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.The decision was made on Sunday night, with Muresan traveling with the team, but the transaction was made yesterday. To make room for Muresan, the Bullets placed rookie Mitchell Butler, who the team says has a sore right wrist, on the injured list.Apparently Muresan, a 7-foot-7 rookie, will not need surgery or radiation treatment -- at least not at this time -- on his pituitary gland.
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By Drake Witham and Drake Witham,Special to The Sun | March 24, 1995
TACOMA, Wash. -- The Washington Bullets brought the nets down too early last night.With nine minutes to play, Chris Webber slammed home a hard dunk, giving the Bullets a 14-point lead but tearing the net in the process and forcing a 10-minute timeout to fix it.The Seattle SuperSonics responded with a 32-13 run to hand the Bullets another loss, 108-103, before 13,775 at the Tacoma Dome.Coming into the game, Washington had blown second-half leads of 21 and 18 (twice) this season."That definitely had something to do with it," Webber said, referring to the delay.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1999
Free-agent center Gheorghe Muresan, who missed all of last season with the Washington Wizards with a foot injury, took a physical with the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.The Hornets are looking for a center, having lost Vlade Divac (Sacramento Kings) and Matt Geiger (Philadelphia 76ers) to free agency. Charlotte last week signed power forward Derrick Coleman, who might be forced to play center.Standing 7 feet 7, Muresan is the tallest player in NBA history. Selected in the second round of the 1993 draft by the then-Washington Bullets mainly as a project, Muresan went on to win the NBA's Most Improved Player award after averaging 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds during the 1995-96 season.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1996
BOWIE -- On the strength of their five-game winning streak, the Washington Bullets will enter their most meaningful final week of the season in years. But they'll have to do so without starting center Gheorghe Muresan.Muresan will be out the rest of the season after suffering torn ligaments in his right knee during the first quarter of Wednesday night's 122-108 victory over the Boston Celtics.Muresan underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam yesterday that revealed a torn medial collateral ligament and partially torn medial meniscus cartilage in the knee.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer | August 18, 1993
After the Washington Bullets' selection of Gheorghe Muresan and Conrad McRae in the second round of the NBA draft in June, general manager John Nash said that guaranteed contracts and salary restrictions made it likely that both big men would be playing professionally in Europe this summer.Nash's prediction began to take shape this week.McRae, a 6-foot-10 center-forward from Syracuse, signed with Fenerbahcc Spor Kulubu of Istanbul, Turkey, The Washington Post reported yesterday. McRae's agent,Mitch Frankel, of Boca Raton, Fla., said the contract was worth more than $350,000, or almost double the minimum rookie contract of $200,000 proffered by the Bullets to maintain their rights.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1999
Free-agent center Gheorghe Muresan, who missed all of last season with the Washington Wizards with a foot injury, took a physical with the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.The Hornets are looking for a center, having lost Vlade Divac (Sacramento Kings) and Matt Geiger (Philadelphia 76ers) to free agency. Charlotte last week signed power forward Derrick Coleman, who might be forced to play center.Standing 7 feet 7, Muresan is the tallest player in NBA history. Selected in the second round of the 1993 draft by the then-Washington Bullets mainly as a project, Muresan went on to win the NBA's Most Improved Player award after averaging 14.5 points and 9.6 rebounds during the 1995-96 season.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1997
BOWIE -- Gheorghe Muresan sat while his Washington Bullets teammates practiced yesterday. And there's a chance that Muresan, who was supposed to be a big factor in the opening-round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls, might be sitting for tomorrow's third game as well.Muresan was diagnosed with a strained right hip flexor, the same injury that forced him out of the first five games of the season. The hip flexor might be related to the strained lower back that bothered Muresan late in the season, and his status is questionable for tomorrow night, the first postseason game at USAir Arena since 1988.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 4, 1997
LANDOVER -- As the game clock was stopped with nine seconds left, Washington Bullets forward Chris Webber just looked into the crowd and glared. And what he saw were fans decked out in Chicago Bulls gear cheering loudly.For once, cheering loudly for the Bullets.The Bullets will say that one game doesn't make a statement. But last night the Bullets may have done just that by beating the defending NBA champion Bulls, 110-102, before a sellout crowd of 18,756 at USAir Arena.It was their sixth straight win, and 10th in the past 12 games.
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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 | November 17, 1996
LANDOVER -- A quick glance at last night's Washington-Boston box score might lead some to believe that the Bullets played well. Five players scored in double figures, the team shot better than 50 percent and Chris Webber flirted with a triple double.The reality is that the Bullets won because they played the Celtics, who could do little right in the fourth quarter.After leading by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, the Celtics went flat in the fourth. The Bullets outscored the Celtics 29-10, and Boston was scoreless over the final 6: 06.That was enough of a collapse to give the Bullets an uneasy 106-92 win before a sellout crowd at USAir Arena.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer | October 10, 1993
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- After swishing in one of his soft baseline jumpers, Kevin Duckworth decided he'd get his next shot off a little closer to the basket. But as he maneuvered his 7-foot, 275-pound body in the paint, Duckworth found himself facing a giant obstacle.Shot one rolled out of the basket. Shot two barely touched the rim. Shot three never had a chance, having been gobbled up by the long arms of 7-7 Gheorghe Muresan.Muresan, known as "The Big Guy" in the Washington Bullets camp, had once again made his mark.
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By Jerry Bembry and By Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 17, 1996
LANDOVER -- It wasn't pretty, especially considering that the Washington Bullets were playing the Boston Celtics -- no longer an NBA powerhouse. But when a team is struggling, it will take a victory. Any victory.Chris Webber nearly had a triple-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) and four more teammates scored in double figures, as the Bullets defeated the Celtics, 106-92. The Bullets ended a two-game losing streak before a sellout crowd of 18,756 at USAir Arena.Webber had help.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1996
LANDOVER -- As the Washington Bullets walked off the court at halftime last night, a promotion flashed on the USAir Arena scoreboard that a certain fast-foot chain would provide free burgers if the Bullets reached 120 points.Given the Bullets had just 30 points when the message flashed, the burgers appeared safe for another day.Yes, the Bullets could manage just 30 points at the half. Which was why there were few fans in attendance at the end of last night's 92-79 loss to the Detroit Pistons, and many of those few were booing mightily.
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