A great man once said, "'tis better to keep one's mouth shut, and be thought a fool, then open it, and erase all doubt". And in the spirit of Honest Abe's humble admonition, we come today to rebut the youthful dipshittery of one Pat, known on Twitter as @suburbPAT.
Pat offered the world this nugget last night: #WorstBasketballPlayersEver Gheorghe Muresan
Rather than insulting the clearly misguided lad, we offer him some knowledge.
Fact #1: Gheorghe Dumitru Muresan played parts of 6 seasons in the NBA, starting 207 of the 307 games in which he participated. Anyone who starts more than 200 NBA games can clearly not be labeled the Worst Basketball Player Ever.
Fact #2: Gheorghe averaged 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in his career. Not All-Star caliber numbers, to be sure, but certainly above league average in toto. Again, Pat (if that is your name), not the stuff of a WBPE.
Fact #3: In 1995-96, on his way to being named the NBA Most Improved Player, Ghita averaged 14.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. He led the league in field goal percentage at .584 (and did the same thing the following year, improving to .604), and finished in the top 10 in offensive and defensive rebound percentage. One could convincingly argue that he was one of the league's top 5 centers that season. You feeling me now, Pat?
If I didn't know better, I'd think that our friend Pat thinks that beauty is skin deep, that because Gheorghe looks a little different he must be some kind of incapable freak. We all know differently, don't we? We're all freaks in our own way, for sure, but our Gheorghe was a very capable freak on the hardwoods.
And now you know, Pat. Tell your friends.