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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Manute Bol, rest in peace

Manute Bol, Sudan-born NBA basketball player, recently passed away in a US hospital. Bol was seven feet, seven inches tall, one of only two NBA players in history who were that tall. (No one, so far, has been taller.)

Bol was not only a basketball player, but a humanitarian and philanthropist. He put considerable energy, and quite a bit of his NBA salaries, into trying to help people in war-torn Sudan.

Bol is the only player in NBA history to have more blocks than points during his career. He was a pretty good 3-point shooter, and his coaches sometimes used this to try to draw opposing centers away from the basket to guard Bol. He was too slender to cope well with shorter, but heavier and more muscular players, close to the basket.

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Tim Jones said...

I didn't know that he passed away. He was sure fun to watch block shots

Martin LaBar said...

Yes, he was.

Thanks, Tim Jones.