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Gheorghe Mureşan
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Born February 14, 1971 (1971-02-14) (age 39)
Triteni, Romania
Nationality Romanian
Listed height 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m)
Listed weight 315 lb (143 kg)
College Cluj University
Draft 2nd round, 30th overall, 1993
Washington Bullets[1]
Pro career 1992–2003
Former teams Pau-Orthez (1992–1993; 2000–2001)
Washington Bullets (1993–1994; 19951997)
Pau-Orthez (1995)
New Jersey Nets (19982000)
Awards 1995–96 NBA Most Improved Player

Gheorghe Dumitru Mureşan, (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡe̯orɡe mureʃan]; born February 14, 1971 in Triteni, Romania), also known as Ghiţă (Romanian: [ˈgit͡sə]) or George, is a retired Romanian professional basketball player. At 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m), he is tied with Sudanese player Manute Bol as the tallest man to ever play in the NBA. Like Bol, both his parents are of average size, but unlike Bol his great height is the result of a pituitary disorder.

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NBA career

Mureşan was born in Triteni, in the Romanian district of Cluj to a poor family, and played competitive basketball at Cluj University. He played professionally in the French league with Pau-Orthez during the 1992–93 season and was an instant hit with fans. The NBA took interest in him and he was selected by the Washington Bullets in the 1993 NBA Draft.[1] He played in the NBA from 1993 to 1994 showing signs of a promising career that was derailed by injuries.

After returning to France and playing for the start of the 1995–96 season with Pau-Orthez, he was named the NBA's Most Improved Player for the 1995–96 season after averaging 14.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.26 blocks per game while making a league-leading 58.4 percent of his field goals. He led in field goal percentage again the following season, with a 60.4% average. Overall, he holds career averages of 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 1.48 blocks per game and a .573 field goal percentage. He joined the New Jersey Nets for the final 31 games of his career. After retiring from the NBA, Mureşan returned to the French league for three more years before returning to settle in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey with his family. He normally wore number 77, in reference to his height.

Personal life

Mureşan (right) meeting with Nicholas F. Taubman, the U.S. Ambassador to Romania.

Outside of basketball, Mureşan has dabbled in acting, playing the title character in 1998 film My Giant with his co-star, comedian Billy Crystal. He also played a ventriloquist in rap artist Eminem's breakout video "My Name Is", appeared in commercials for Snickers bars and ESPN. On March 11, 2007, he played a game for the Maryland Nighthawks as part of the tallest lineup in the history of basketball.[2] This is also the only basketball game he's ever played where he is not the tallest person on the court, as Sun Mingming is 7 foot 9 (2.36m) - 2 inches taller.

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