Within less than a week, people have raised over $33,000 via a donation campaign for Syracuse Orange basketball star, former NBA player Dwayne “Pearl” Washington is currently battling with a brain tumor. Overall, the campaign needs $93,000.
Washington suffered a relapse of a brain tumor that he has been dealing with since 1995, says the information on the GoFundMe campaign page.
“Praying for my guy Pearl Washington someone I look up to the best Pt guard to come out of NYC!,” recently tweeted another ex-NBA player Kenny Anderson.
“I saw Pearl Washington one day, and I said ‘Wow, I wanna start practicing that move,” Tim Hardaway once shared in a New York Times interview.
Hardaway was referring to watching Washington’s Syracuse days 1983-86, when the Big East was the best conference (national titles won in ’84 and ’85), and the Orangemen were finally making the permanent transition to consistent national powerhouse, according to a SlamOnline article.
Back in August 2015, SlamOnline reported citing Syracuse.com that Washington was to undergo a surgery for a brain tumor.
Washington was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 1986 NBA Draft and later drafted by the Miami Heat from the Nets in the NBA expansion draft.
In his three seasons in the NBA (two with NJ Nets, one with Miami Heat), Washington appeared in 194 games, averaging 8.6 ppg, 3.8 apg and 1.3 spg in 20.8 mpg.
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