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The W - Basketball - Manute Bol (October 16, 1962 - June 19, 2009)
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    Originally posted by Washington Post Breaking News (voices.washingtonpost.com)
    Former Bullet Manute Bol dies at 47

    Manute Bol, who became a basketball sensation in the 1980s as a skeletally thin shot-blocking giant with the Washington Bullets and other professional teams, and who devoted his post-basketball life to improving the lot of his fellow natives of Sudan, died June 19 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. He was 47.

    His cousin George Bol said Mr. Bol had internal bleeding and other complications from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a rare skin disease that he contracted from a medication he received in Africa.

    Mr. Bol, one of the two tallest players in NBA history, was also one of its most exotic and endearing — and surely the only one to have killed a lion with a spear. His unusual journey to basketball stardom began in southern Sudan, where he was a cattle-herding member of the Dinka tribe and never touched a basketball until his late teens. After catching the eye of an American coach working in Sudan, Mr. Bol made his way to the United States without knowing a word of English.

    By Washington Post Editors | June 19, 2010; 2:57 PM ET




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Bol was also a frequent visitor to refugee camps in his native Sudan, giving very generously to humanitarian causes related to that war-torn country throughout, and after, his career. He established the Ring True Foundation, whose mission is to deliver relief to Christians living in Sudan. He's done his part to get the word out about the egregious slavery and human rights violations there, and even willingly participated in publicity stunts (celebrity boxing, signing a one-day contract with a minor league hockey team, and serving as a horse jockey) all to raise money for the cause.

Bol may have been a below-average basketball player (apart from his phenomenal shot-blocking skills), but I think it's fair to say that the world just lost a great human being.



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I think he could be considered Basketball's answer to Roberto Clemente. Hopefully someone, or a lot of someones will step up and continue Manute's mission.



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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    Bol may have been a below-average basketball player (apart from his phenomenal shot-blocking skills), but I think it's fair to say that the world just lost a great human being.


I'll second that. It feels like the humanitarian efforts of athletes such as him, Dikembe Mutombo, et al. don't get enough attention, but there might not be such a thing as "enough". Here's hoping more athletes follow his example.

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I met him when I was like 3 years old while he was in Washington, DC. It's one of my earliest memories; as you can imagine it'd be pretty hard for a little toddler to forget a man like THAT! This is just incredibly sad to me, and I agree he doesn't get the credit and attention he deserves for his charitable work.

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The dude had a rough life after basketball. I can't imagine having a broken neck and wearing a halo at his height.

Grab a basketball and chuck up a wild three point shot in his honor.

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Another incredible fact about Manute Bol that I had never heard before today: Manute Bol coined the phrase "my bad" (Washington Post).

I heard it from Bill Plaschke on Around the Horn but, since I never believe anything Plaschke says, I had to look it up for myself. Sure enough, it seems language experts believe the phrase came from Manute who, due to not fully understanding the English language, would say "my bad" instead of "my fault" whenever he made a bad pass on the court. Incredible!

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    Originally posted by edoug
    I think he could be considered Basketball's answer to Roberto Clemente. Hopefully someone, or a lot of someones will step up and continue Manute's mission.


That's a stretch. Clemente was a great baseball player; aside from his shot-blocking, Bol's on-court skill can politely be described as "OK".

Clemente's in the Hall of Fame. Can anyone tell me Bol will ever get to the Hall?



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    Originally posted by CEOIII
      Originally posted by edoug
      I think he could be considered Basketball's answer to Roberto Clemente. Hopefully someone, or a lot of someones will step up and continue Manute's mission.


    That's a stretch. Clemente was a great baseball player; aside from his shot-blocking, Bol's on-court skill can politely be described as "OK".

    Clemente's in the Hall of Fame. Can anyone tell me Bol will ever get to the Hall?
I think you're looking the wrong way there. The comment had nothing to do with sports.



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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by CEOIII
        Originally posted by edoug
        I think he could be considered Basketball's answer to Roberto Clemente. Hopefully someone, or a lot of someones will step up and continue Manute's mission.


      That's a stretch. Clemente was a great baseball player; aside from his shot-blocking, Bol's on-court skill can politely be described as "OK".

      Clemente's in the Hall of Fame. Can anyone tell me Bol will ever get to the Hall?
    I think you're looking the wrong way there. The comment had nothing to do with sports.

Exactly, I meant Manute's humanitarian efforts. Maybe not the Hall of Fame but maybe name an award named for him.



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    Originally posted by edoug
      Originally posted by CRZ
        Originally posted by CEOIII
          Originally posted by edoug
          I think he could be considered Basketball's answer to Roberto Clemente. Hopefully someone, or a lot of someones will step up and continue Manute's mission.


        That's a stretch. Clemente was a great baseball player; aside from his shot-blocking, Bol's on-court skill can politely be described as "OK".

        Clemente's in the Hall of Fame. Can anyone tell me Bol will ever get to the Hall?
      I think you're looking the wrong way there. The comment had nothing to do with sports.

    Exactly, I meant Manute's humanitarian efforts. Maybe not the Hall of Fame but maybe name an award named for him.


OOP. OK, I'm an idiot. I could see an NBA Manute Bol Humanitarian Award. And if someone throws together a Humanitarian Hall of Fame, that one Bol will be in 1st ballot.



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