If your Dad was a Warriors fan back in the ’80s, he probably remembers Manute Bol, the 7’7″ center who played three of his 10 NBA seasons with the Dubs. So it’s probably better to break this news to Pop tomorrow: Bol died Saturday morning of “kidney trouble and a painful skin condition,” according to SF Chronicle writer Rusty Simmons. Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me he died fairly young-he never really looked that healthy (see picture on left). But the man’s trademarks and accomplishments will make for a very interesting biography: he donated almost all of his $6 million in career earnings to peace efforts in his home of Sudan, played practical jokes on his teammates and regularly played H-O-R-S-E with Chris Mullin, boxed William “The Refrigerator” Perry, became the world’s tallest jockey, and skated in a minor league hockey game. All of this after his family was wiped out by Darfurians (yes, Darfurians). On the court, he was a shot-blocking machine, averaging 3.3 blocks per game for his career, including 5.0 in his first NBA season and 4.3 with the Dubs in the ’88-’89 season. As shown below, he once had four blocks in a row in the same play against three different players.
Also be sure to watch all three parts of “Manute Bol-Basketball Warrior” on Youtube. Here is the link to the first part.