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April 7, 1998 | BRETT JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his homeland of Romania, he's known as Ghitza (pronounced GEET-za) or "Little Georgie." But the only thing small about Gheorghe Muresan, the 7-foot, 7-inch, 300-pound basketball-star-turned-actor, is his ego. Everything else, from his size 19 shoes to his Great Dane, Lucky, is larger than life.
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April 17, 1998 | From Associated Press
Gheorghe Muresan may finally have an answer. The 7-foot-7 Washington Wizards center, despondent over missing the season because of a foot injury that never seemed to get better, has learned from doctors that he has a pinched nerve that was possibly compounded by eating bad fish. "We find out that I have a pinched nerve in the back [of the foot]," said Muresan of tests performed last month by a New York specialist. "I also have some toxics in my urine from some food.
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April 11, 1995 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gheorghe Muresan began exploring Washington almost as soon as he arrived from Romania and signed with the Washington Bullets in 1993. Fascinated by the nation's capital, Muresan visited the White House, the Capitol and the national zoo, where a strange thing happened. A huge grizzly bear took one look at the 7-foot-7, 330-pound Muresan and scrambled into its cave. Thinking it a coincidence, Muresan returned later, but again the bear ran back into its den.
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April 10, 1998 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While shooting the 1987 delight "The Princess Bride," Billy Crystal met and befriended Andre the Giant, a European immigrant who had come to America and become a benignly fearsome TV wrestler. That friendship inspired "My Giant," a funny, good-natured tale about two men of vastly different statures, both physically and spiritually. Crystal stars as Sammy, a Broadway Danny Rose-type talent agent whose fast sweet-talking as a child once convinced his rabbi to try ham.
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July 3, 1993 | MICHAEL WILBON, WASHINGTON POST
His given name is Gheorghe, but he is introduced by the name Gitza, which is what they call him in France. Gitza means "Little George." It's like calling the biggest guy in your neighborhood "Tiny" except that not a whole lot of neighborhoods on Earth have anybody who stands 7 feet 7 1/2 inches tall. Forget being an inch or so taller than Shawn Bradley, Gheorghe Muresan is half a foot taller than Wilt and nearly four inches taller than the late Andre The Giant. Gitza weighs 315 pounds.
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June 30, 1993 | MIKE DOWNEY
This is my last timeout before Chris Webber goes first in today's NBA draft, followed by some of the biggest creatures I've seen outside of a Spielberg movie: --I guess the thing that scares me about Gheorghe Muresan of Romania is that 7-foot-6 Shawn Bradley is not the tallest guy available. --It occurs to me that I have seen only two people larger than Gheorghe Muresan. One was played by Boris Karloff, the other by Fred Gwynne.
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April 17, 1998 | From Associated Press
Gheorghe Muresan may finally have an answer. The 7-foot-7 Washington Wizards center, despondent over missing the season because of a foot injury that never seemed to get better, has learned from doctors that he has a pinched nerve that was possibly compounded by eating bad fish. "We find out that I have a pinched nerve in the back [of the foot]," said Muresan of tests performed last month by a New York specialist. "I also have some toxics in my urine from some food.
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June 6, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY
No, Metallica doesn't have anything to worry about, but it was still an interesting band that played at a restaurant on the Champs-Elysees in Paris the other night. John McEnroe played guitar, Jim Courier was on drums and Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who starred in "Green Card," took a turn on vocals on "Johnny B. Goode." Among McEnroe's songs was one dedicated to the late Vitas Gerulaitis and another one dedicated to his children: "Dig It, Anyway."
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April 10, 1998 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While shooting the 1987 delight "The Princess Bride," Billy Crystal met and befriended Andre the Giant, a European immigrant who had come to America and become a benignly fearsome TV wrestler. That friendship inspired "My Giant," a funny, good-natured tale about two men of vastly different statures, both physically and spiritually. Crystal stars as Sammy, a Broadway Danny Rose-type talent agent whose fast sweet-talking as a child once convinced his rabbi to try ham.
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February 20, 1996 | From Associated Press
Shawn Bradley scored a season-high 27 points, many of them over 7-foot-7 Gheorghe Muresan, as the New Jersey Nets stretched their winning streak to a season-best four games, beating the Washington Bullets, 99-81, Monday at Landover, Md. Bradley, 7-6, also had nine rebounds and four blocks in his best game since coming to the Nets from Philadelphia in November. He easily eclipsed his previous season high of 23 points and missed by one point of matching his career best.
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April 7, 1998 | BRETT JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his homeland of Romania, he's known as Ghitza (pronounced GEET-za) or "Little Georgie." But the only thing small about Gheorghe Muresan, the 7-foot, 7-inch, 300-pound basketball-star-turned-actor, is his ego. Everything else, from his size 19 shoes to his Great Dane, Lucky, is larger than life.
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April 29, 1997 | J.A. ADANDE, WASHINGTON POST
As if a 2-0 deficit to the defending NBA champion Chicago Bulls in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series were not bad enough, the Bullets now must face the prospect of playing Game 3 of the best-of-five series without center Gheorghe Muresan. Muresan aggravated an old hip flexor injury during the Bullets' 109-104 loss in Chicago on Sunday, did not practice Monday and is listed as questionable for Wednesday night's game at USAir Arena.
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June 6, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY
No, Metallica doesn't have anything to worry about, but it was still an interesting band that played at a restaurant on the Champs-Elysees in Paris the other night. John McEnroe played guitar, Jim Courier was on drums and Gerard Depardieu, the French actor who starred in "Green Card," took a turn on vocals on "Johnny B. Goode." Among McEnroe's songs was one dedicated to the late Vitas Gerulaitis and another one dedicated to his children: "Dig It, Anyway."
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February 20, 1996 | From Associated Press
Shawn Bradley scored a season-high 27 points, many of them over 7-foot-7 Gheorghe Muresan, as the New Jersey Nets stretched their winning streak to a season-best four games, beating the Washington Bullets, 99-81, Monday at Landover, Md. Bradley, 7-6, also had nine rebounds and four blocks in his best game since coming to the Nets from Philadelphia in November. He easily eclipsed his previous season high of 23 points and missed by one point of matching his career best.
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April 11, 1995 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gheorghe Muresan began exploring Washington almost as soon as he arrived from Romania and signed with the Washington Bullets in 1993. Fascinated by the nation's capital, Muresan visited the White House, the Capitol and the national zoo, where a strange thing happened. A huge grizzly bear took one look at the 7-foot-7, 330-pound Muresan and scrambled into its cave. Thinking it a coincidence, Muresan returned later, but again the bear ran back into its den.
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July 3, 1993 | MICHAEL WILBON, WASHINGTON POST
His given name is Gheorghe, but he is introduced by the name Gitza, which is what they call him in France. Gitza means "Little George." It's like calling the biggest guy in your neighborhood "Tiny" except that not a whole lot of neighborhoods on Earth have anybody who stands 7 feet 7 1/2 inches tall. Forget being an inch or so taller than Shawn Bradley, Gheorghe Muresan is half a foot taller than Wilt and nearly four inches taller than the late Andre The Giant. Gitza weighs 315 pounds.
SPORTS
April 29, 1997 | J.A. ADANDE, WASHINGTON POST
As if a 2-0 deficit to the defending NBA champion Chicago Bulls in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series were not bad enough, the Bullets now must face the prospect of playing Game 3 of the best-of-five series without center Gheorghe Muresan. Muresan aggravated an old hip flexor injury during the Bullets' 109-104 loss in Chicago on Sunday, did not practice Monday and is listed as questionable for Wednesday night's game at USAir Arena.
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January 14, 1998
Houstan Rocket forward Charles Barkley: "The three greatest mysteries of the 20th century are: Who stole the Lindberg baby, who killed JFK and who would win a footrace between Serge Zwikker and Gheorghe Muresan?"
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June 30, 1993 | MIKE DOWNEY
This is my last timeout before Chris Webber goes first in today's NBA draft, followed by some of the biggest creatures I've seen outside of a Spielberg movie: --I guess the thing that scares me about Gheorghe Muresan of Romania is that 7-foot-6 Shawn Bradley is not the tallest guy available. --It occurs to me that I have seen only two people larger than Gheorghe Muresan. One was played by Boris Karloff, the other by Fred Gwynne.
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