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    Former Syracuse great Dwayne 'Pearl' Washington dead at 52

    damn

    legend


    Former Syracuse great Dwayne "Pearl" Washington has died, according to his family. He was 52.
    Syracuse announced Washington's death in a news release.
    Washington was diagnosed with a brain tumor last summer. He had surgery in the fall.
    Washington grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. At a young age, he displayed such skill on the court that locals dubbed him "The Pearl" because his game resembled that of NBA great Earl "The Pearl" Monroe.
    Washington excelled at Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn and he was the nation's most sought-after recruit in 1983. When Washington, a point guard, committed to Syracuse, coach Jim Boeheim said the program was changed forever.
    "I can't underscore how big a moment that was for our program," Boeheim said in the book "Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story." "I believe at that point we officially went from being an Eastern program to a national program. Everybody knew who the Pearl was. I'd get off of a plane in L.A. and somebody would say, 'There's Pearl's coach.' He was the guy who opened the door for us and enabled us to land recruits not just from the East Coast or the Midwest but from the entire country."
    Washington's most memorable moment at Syracuse came on Jan. 21, 1984. With a home crowd of 30,293 watching, Washington made a running 45-foot shot at the buzzer to give the Orange a 75-73 win over Boston College. Washington, who finished with team-high 20 points and seven assists, held both his arms high in triumph as he sprinted off the court and straight into the tunnel leading to the locker room. With the win, Syracuse remained the only undefeated team in the Big East.
    ''We never had a shot like that for or against us in my 15 years at Syracuse,'' Boeheim told The New York Times on Jan. 23, 1984. ''When I got home, I couldn't go to sleep, so I watched the replay of the Virginia-Clemson game and then watched Washington's shot five or six times. The more I watched, the more I thought it was a miracle. But Dwayne makes miracles happen. He thinks he can make every shot he takes. He hasn't been playing like a freshman but like a veteran who has played the game all his life.''
    Washington earned All-America recognition at Syracuse from 1984 through 1986. He was named first-team All-Big East three times, and he was the conference tournament's most valuable player in 1986. He led the Orange in assists and steals during each of his three seasons with the school. Syracuse was 71-24 when Washington was with the team.
    In 1986, Washington was the No. 13 overall pick by the New Jersey Nets in the NBA draft. Washington played two seasons with New Jersey, averaging 8.6 points and 4.2 assists per game in 1986-87 and 9.3 points and 3.0 assists per game in 1987-88. He played his final NBA season with the Miami Heat in 1988-89, after the Heat selected him with the 17th pick in the 1988 expansion draft. Washington averaged 7.6 points and 4.2 assists per game that season. For his career, Washington had 256 steals and 733 assists in 194 games.

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    I remember when attendance for Syracuse games skyrocketed when he started playing there. Definitely helped move that program to the next level. RIP

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    Seems just like yesterday when he was playing. Life truly is short. RIP.

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    He put Syracuse on the map terrible loss

    He played when college basketball was terrific

    The good guys go to soon

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    Seems like dying around 50-60 is normal. Still don't know how George Bush and Jimmy Carter are living well over 90 must be that illuminati drug. Too bad Steve Jobs didn't join that club.

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    Well we lost a legend period

    This guy was someone you stopped what you were doing to watch

    Great rivalries back then

    Something about the guy when he played

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    I'll always remember watching the Big East Tournaments @ MSG back in the late 80's...

    Basketball at its finest!

    RIP Pearl!

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    Very, very sad day/time for those that loved/adored/appreciated him.

    I once had the good fortune of shaking his hand while he was with the Heat - he stopped in a store that I was working at in Downtown Syr (early 90`s) and we talked for less than a minute.

    May his Family have Peace.

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    feels even worse someone your age category

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjgold View Post
    feels even worse someone your age category
    Unless one has little or no fear of death - and/or looks forward to it.

    Not suggesting I have NO fear of death - but a lot LESS than I did when I was younger...

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    That pillsbury dough boy, no dunkin`, M`fer was an original baller. Watched him on numerous occasions.
    Great handle. Slippery. Cool under pressure.

    I played at the Carrier Classic, 4 team "slaughter" tournament Syracuse used to host. Circa 1982.
    Lost to the by 19. Got a watch as a parting gift though.
    2 years before Pearls arrival.

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    Wow, that is COOL that you played at "the dome".

    I have only seen games/concerts there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOM-Ganador View Post
    That pillsbury dough boy, no dunkin`, M`fer was an original baller. Watched him on numerous occasions.
    Great handle. Slippery. Cool under pressure.

    I played at the Carrier Classic, 4 team "slaughter" tournament Syracuse used to host. Circa 1982.
    Lost to the by 19. Got a watch as a parting gift though.
    2 years before Pearls arrival.
    nice

    Pearl changed the big East forever

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