Born on 14th February 1971, Gheorghe Muresan used to be a Romanian professional football player. With a height of 7 feet and 7 inches, he is the tallest player in the history of the NBA.
Gheorghe Muresan was born in România în Tritenii de Jos, Cluj County. Though his parents are of average height, a pituitary gland disorder got him his incredible height.
Here are Muresan’s professional career highlights:
CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca: He played basketball at Universitatea Cluj and became a national champion.
Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez: Muresan was a professional player in the French League and was very popular among his fans. He managed to win the French League Cup during the 1992-1993 session.
Washington Bullets or Wizards: Muresan was selected to be a member of the NBA’s Washington Bullets in the NBA draft of 1993. He was a part of the NBA from 1993 to 2000 and was an excellent player. However, his career was interrupted by several injuries. He performed best during the 1995 to 1996 season when he scored 14.5 on an average in each game.
He was NBA’s Most Improved Player for the 1995 to 1996 season and averaged 14.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.26 blocks in each game.
New Jersey Nets (1999-2000): Muresan chose to play the final 31 games of his NBA career as a part of the New Jersey Nets.
Return to Pau-Orthez: After the end of his NBA career, Gheorghe Muresan joined Pau-Orthez again. While playing for Pau-Orthez, he managed to win the French League before he decided to return to the United States along with his family. Muresan generally wore number 77, concerning his height.
Gheorghe Muresan joined the Maryland Nighthawks on 11th March 2007 and was part of the tallest lineup in basketball history. It was the only game in which Muresan was not the tallest basketball player in his team as Sun Mingming has a height of 7 feet and 9 inches.
Gheorghe Muresan was the founder of the Giant Basketball Academy. He set up this program in the year 2004 to teach the correct fundamentals of basketball to girls and boys of every age. The Giant Basketball Academy is situated in Ashburn, Virginia.
Gheorghe Muresan is also a member of the Washington Wizards related to marketing and public relations. In addition, he serves as an ambassador for the team.
Apart from basketball Gheorghe Muresan has also contributed to acting. He was a part of a feature film called My Giant. It was released in 1998, and he starred along with the famous comedian Billy Crystal. Besides being an actor, he took the role of a ventriloquist in the music video of the global superstar Eminem’s breakthrough single called “My name is.” Apart from this, he has featured in several commercial advertisements. Spoke of the advertisements featuring Gheorghe Muresan are Snickers and the ESPN sports television channel. Recently, Gheorghe Muresan has been a co-author in 2 fitness books for young adults, known as “The Boy’s Fitness Guide” and “The Girl’s Fitness Guide”.
In 2013, Gheorghe Muresan was a member of the first annual 3v3 UMTTR (You Matter) Basketball match. He encouraged spreading awareness, prevention and research of the leading causes of teen suicide or the death of young adults, mainly who are between 15 and 24.
Gheorghe Muresan is married to Liliana and has 2 sons named Georga and Victor. They were residents of Franklin Lakes in New Jersey but have relocated to Washington, D.C. His oldest son has been a player of Georgetown University Hoyas from 2016 to 2017 as a walk-on forward. His younger son also joined the Hoyas from 2020 to 2021.
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Personal information Born 14 February 1971 (age 51) Tritenii de Jos, SR Romania Nationality Romanian Listed height 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) Listed weight 325 lb (147 kg)
Career information NBA draft 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 30th overall Selected by the Washington Bullets Playing career 1991–2001 Position Center Number 77
Career highlights and awards NBA Most Improved Player (1996) 2× NBA Field Goal Percentage Leader (1996, 1997) Romanian League champion (1992) French League champion (2001) French League Cup winner (1993)
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