Pearl Washington Rumors
Kenny Anderson: Pearl was the guy — an embodiment of New York City on the basketball court. And he gave players like me, who followed after him, the blueprint. By watching Pearl, we learned how to beat an opponent before he even stepped on the court. I mean, some dude from the middle of Arkansas, or from some small town, who hadn’t run into guys like us — walkin’ tall and talkin’ and just being real confident — that dude didn’t stand a chance. He’d be like, Wow, this kid must be gooood. And right there, he was dead in the water. Done. It was over.
Pearl Washington once was the leading scorer in Miami Heat franchise history. It was after one game, but technically correct nonetheless. Washington scored a team-high 16 points in the first game the Heat ever played, a 111-91 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 5, 1988. He was with the team for only that inaugural season, yet the Heat still mourned him Wednesday after the former Syracuse University star died from brain cancer. Washington was 52. “Too early. Way too early,” said Ron Rothstein, the coach of that first Heat team. “I wish his family the best.”
Pearl Washington, perhaps the most beloved player in Syracuse University basketball history, is gravely ill, his friend Mark Finney said Saturday night. Washington was diagnosed last summer with a brain tumor and has undergone various treatments since the detection of the tumor. The most electric of Syracuse point guards is currently at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
“The doctors have said it won’t be long, but we don’t know what that means,” Finney said from New York, where he is with Washington and Washington’s fiancée Debra Busacco. “It could be a month, it could be weeks. We’re just accepting that God is ready for him. It’s Pearl’s time.”
Dwayne “Pearl” Washington, who dazzled Syracuse University basketball crowds for three seasons back in the 1980s, has suffered a relapse of a brain tumor that was first treated in November of 1995. Washington, 51, will have surgery at Crouse Hospital on Thursday. He has been reluctant to speak publicly about the recurrence of the tumor, his friend Mark Finney said, “because he’s a very private person.”