Sunday, June 20, 2010
Manute Bol 1962-2010
Manute Bol, who died June 19th from kidney failure resulting from a skin disease, was originally drafted by the Washington Bullets, more as something of a sideshow than basketball ability - he stood nearly 7'7" and was reed thin. But surprisingly, he proved he possessed the strength, endurance and stamina to compete in the NBA, playing 10 seasons with various teams. Uniquely, he's the only player in the league to tally more blocked shots than points scored, a record that will probably stand the test of time. However, it was his humanitarian efforts for which Bol will be remembered. He worked tirelessly on behalf of those displaced in the long, civil war in his native Sudan.