It was tough to go to the hole against Manute Bol: God rest his soul, gone at age 47…..

Posted by Andy Durham on June 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm under College, Professional | Read the First Comment

He was one of the toughest shot blockers the game has ever seen and at 7’7, it was hard to see the goal, when you faced Manute Bol……

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Manute Bol, a lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died Saturday. He was 47.

Bol died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition, Tom Prichard, executive director of the group Sudan Sunrise, said in an e-mail.

“Sudan and the world have lost a hero and an example for all of us,” Prichard said. “Manute, we’ll miss you. Our prayers and best wishes go out to all his family, and all who mourn his loss.”

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  • Bob Lowe said,

    My recollection of Manute Bol is when he played for the GS Warriors/Don Nelson and Run TMC (Tim Hardawy, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullis).

    On ofense, Nellie would put Bol outside the 3-point arc and let the others cut and slash to the basket. Sometimes the ball would kick out to Bol and he’d fire up a three.

    Classic!

    What a heart he had, too.