Manute Bol was never a legend or a great basketball player, but he was definitely one of the most unique players the NBA has ever seen. Bol was a Sudanese-born basketball player and activist. At 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) tall, Bol was one of the tallest players ever to appear in the NBA.
He is believed to have been born on October 16, 1962 in either Turalei or Gogrial, Sudan (now South Sudan). He was the son of a Dinka tribal elder, who gave him the name “Manute”, which means “special blessing.”
Bol appeared in 624 NBA games (133 started), holding career averages of 2.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.3 bpg in 18.7 minutes of action.
Bol played basketball for two colleges and four NBA teams (Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat). A center, Bol was known as a specialist player; his shot blocking ability was considered among the best in the history of the sport, but other aspects of his game were considered fairly weak. In his career, he had more blocked shots than points scored.
Bol was very active in charitable causes throughout his career. In fact, he said he spent much of the money he made during a 10-year NBA career supporting various causes related to the war-ravaged nation of his birth, Sudan.
Bol established the Ring True Foundation in order to continue fund-raising for Sudanese refugees. He gave most of his earnings (an estimated $3.5 million) to their cause.
In 2002, Bol agreed to appear on the Celebrity Boxing show against the former football player William “The Refrigerator” Perry.
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