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Manute Bol - Basketball Warrior (3/3)

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Through never-before-seen footage and revealing personal insights, NBA TV provides unprecedented access to Bols experiences from his days as the NBAs tallest player, to his sacrifices to help his people survive civil war in the Sudan, to the car accident that nearly killed him and the painful days that followed before a special friend, Chris Mullin, re-emerged to offer support.

http://www.nba.com/nba_tv/bol_warrior... - 2004

Manute Bol (English pronunciation: /məˈnuːt ˈboʊl/; October 16, 1962 -- June 19, 2010[1]) was a Sudanese-born basketball player and activist. Until the debut of Gheorghe Mureşan, Bol was indisputably the tallest player ever to appear in the National Basketball Association. Bol was believed to have been born on October 16, 1962 in either Turalie or Gogrial, Sudan. He was the son of a Dinka tribal chief, who gave him the name "Manute," which means "special blessing." Manute Bol was 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) and 225 lb (102 kg).

Bol moved to the United States at age 18 after being recruited by representatives of Fairleigh Dickinson University and the University of Bridgeport. He later attended Cleveland State University despite not having a strong command of written English.

He was first drafted by the San Diego Clippers in the 5th round of the 1983 NBA Draft, but the league declared the pick invalid and ruled that Bol had not been eligible for the draft. Bol played college basketball at the University of Bridgeport during the 19841985 season, and in 1985 he was drafted in the second round by the Washington Bullets. He played in the NBA for ten years, from 19851995, spending parts of four seasons with the Bullets, parts of three with the Golden State Warriors, parts of four with the Philadelphia 76ers and part of one season with the Miami Heat. In 1987, the Washington Bullets drafted the 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) point guard Muggsy Bogues, pairing the tallest and shortest players in league history on the court for one season.

Due to his height and extremely long limbs, Bol was one of the league's most imposing defensive presences, blocking shots at an unprecedented rate. He blocked 397 shots during the 19851986 season, a rookie record. Bol tied for the NBA record for the most blocked shots in one half (eleven) and in one quarter (eight, twice), and he holds the all time NBA record for most blocked shots per minute, (.176). In a game against the Orlando Magic, he blocked four consecutive shots within a single possession. However, his other basketball skills were very limited, and his rail-thin physique made it difficult for him to establish position against the league's physical centers and power forwards. The sight of the tall, gangly Bol spotting up for a three-pointer during blow-outs became a fan favorite. Off the court, Manute established a reputation as a practical joker; Charles Barkley, a frequent victim of his pranks, attested to Bol's sense of humor. Bol also developed a close friendship with teammate Chris Mullin.

Over the course of his career, Bol averaged 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 3.3 blocks per game while only playing an average of 18.7 minutes per game. A true specialist, Bol finished his career with totals of 1,599 points, 2,647 rebounds, and 2,086 blocks, having appeared in 624 games over 10 seasons. As of 2007, Manute Bol remains:

* Second in career blocks-per-game average (3.34), trailing only Mark Eaton.
* Fourteenth in total blocked shots (2,086).
* The only player in NBA history to block more shots than he has made, blocking 2,000 shots without also scoring at least 4,000 points.

After the end of his NBA career, Bol played 22 games for the Florida Beach Dogs of the Continental Basketball Association during the 1995/1996 season. In 1996, the Portland (Maine) Mountain Cats of the United States Basketball League announced that he would be playing with the team, and included him in the game program, but he never actually appeared in uniform. He then played professionally in Italy and Qatar before rheumatism forced him to retire permanently.

On June 19, 2010, Bol died of liver failure and Stevens--Johnson syndrome at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manute_Bol

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