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MY GIANT

GHEORGHE MURESAN (Max) plays center for the NBA basketball team the Washington Wizards (formerly the Bullets), and in the 1996­97 season he led the NBA in field goal percentage, hitting .604 of his attempts.

Born in Triteni, Romania in 1971, the 7 foot 7 inch giant is the youngest of six children, three brothers and two sisters. Incidentally, his father is 5 foot 9 inches and his mother was 5 foot seven inches.

Muresan has played basketball since the age of 14 when he went to the dentist (who was also a basketball referee) and was recruited to play. He is fluent in French, having learned the language during his season of play in the French League.

Muresan is the tallest player in the NBA but his nickname is "Ghitza" which is pronounced GEET­za and translates to "Little Gheorghe" in English. He has starred in television commercials for ESPN and Snickers. And when not playing basketball or acting, he spends time at home in Maryland with his wife Liliana and their Great Dane "Lucky."

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