Manute Bol Dies Of Kidney Failure At Age 47! (The Only Player In NBA History To Block More Shots Than Points Scored)
Published on June 19, 2010
Manute Bol (born October 16, 1962) was a Sudanese-born basketball player and activist. Bol was undisputedly the tallest player ever to appear in the NBA. He is the son of a Dinka tribal chief, who gave him the name "Manute," which means "special blessing." Due to his height and extremely long limbs, Bol was one of the league's most imposing defensive presences, blocking shots at a nearly unprecedented rate. He blocked 397 shots during the 1985--1986 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."