A brief biography of Gheorghe Muresan, the Romanian who became the tallest player ever in the NBA
Gheorghe Dumitru Muresan is a retired pro level basketball player of Romanian origin, who is also popularly referred to as just ‘Ghita’. Born on February 14, 1971, he grew up to become phenomenal 7 feet 7.5 inches tall, and went on to play professional basketball in the NBA league, becoming its tallest player ever.
As you must be aware, National Basketball Association or NBA is the pinnacle basketball tournament in the world, which takes place in North America each year. It features 30 teams, and runs from October till the April of the following year, with every team playing 82 games. The league also attracts extensive betting activity from all parts of the world, with punters going all out to avail the best NBA odds for their wagers. For a player from Romania to not just play in the league but make a mark in it has been a big achievement for Muresan.
Life and Family
Gheorghe Muresan’s birth happened in Tritenii de Jos, Cluj County in Romania. He grew up to become remarkably tall despite the fact that his parents were of reasonable height (father – 5’9” and mother – 5’7”). It was a pituitary gland condition which resulted in his unusual growth.
Today, Muresan stays in suburban Washington DC along with his wife Liliana and sons Victor and George. His elder son, George has been playing as a walk-on forward for the Georgetown University Hoyas since 2016.
Muresan started playing basketball from a young age when he was 14 and went on to play for Universitatea Cluj, emerging as the national champion in 1992. Thereafter, he joined the French league and played professionally for Pau-Orthez in the 1992-93 season, becoming an instant hit with the fans, powering his team to the French League Cup title.
In 1993, Muresan got picked up by NBA team Washington Bullets, and stayed with them till 2000, showing a lot of promise. However, his career got derailed due to injuries. 1995-96 season with the Bullets was the best of his career during which he scored 14.5 points, 2.26 blocks and 9.6 rebounds per game on average. He also led the league with 58.4% field goals for that season. As a result he was recognised as the NBA’s Most Improved Player for 95-96. The next season he led the league once again with a field-goal percentage average of 60.4%. The final 31 games of Muresan’s career were with New Jersey Nets.
Post his NBA stint, he gave Pau-Orthez another shot, winning French League yet again, followed by a return to the United States along with his family. One could always see him wearing the 77 number, a reference to his phenomenal height.
Gheorghe Muresan opened an academy called The Giant Basketball Academy (GBA) in Ashburn, Virginia, in the year 2004, with the aim of teaching basketball fundamentals to girls and boys of all age groups.
He also dabbled into acting, playing the lead role in a 1998 Hollywood movie called ‘My Giant’ alongside Billy Crystal. Other than that, you can see him appearing as a ventriloquist in an Eminem single titled ‘My Name Is’. Muresan has also appeared in several commercials for FMCG goods as well as fitness products.