A Moment of Silence For Manute Please

Manute Bol died on Saturday from kidney trouble coupled with a painful skin disease at the very young age of 47. I meant to get a post up about one of my favorite Warriros players growing up when I heard that he passed away, but time just didn’t allow that to happen over the weekend. He played three of his ten seasons for the Dubs, and I’ll always remember the first time I saw Manute play live in Oakland. My uncle took me to a game, and the 7 foot 7 toothpick was the guy that easily caught my 8 year old attention span. Just watching the guy run up and down the court was amazing. I remember his legs reminding me of stilts, and had a hard time figuring out how they supported him. From that point on, I always followed him on the court when watching them play, whether he was bombing an ill-advised three or if he was just roaming along the paint waiting for someone to try to throw up a shot that he could swat into the fifth row. I will always be grateful to him for what he brought to the Warriors, as he was there during the Run TMC days, and that was truly our last golden era in Bay Area basketball.

He was a selfless man on and off the court, and was known rightfully for his shot blocking abilities. Manute was the only player ever to block more shots (3.3) than score points (2.6), which shouldn’t come as a surprise from the NBA’s tallest player ever. Manute has the most blocks per 48 minutes (8.6), and also ranks fourteenth on the all-time block list with 2,086 for his career.

Bol was even more of a man off the court as he helped his home country (Sudan) more than anyone ever had. He donated about $6 million of his earnings to help his impoverished home country. It’s too bad that being on those missions may have been what lead to some of his health problems, but we know that he would be the first to say it was well worth it… His countless missions to the Sudan to helped inspire the unispired, and has shown people that sometimes guys do spend their money on a worthwhile cause! His legacy will live on through the work he did off the court.

Manute was my team logo for fantasy last season, so I guess I’ll have to keep that for another year as a tribute to him, and his greatness as a person!

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9 responses to “A Moment of Silence For Manute Please

  • tophatal

    chappy

    Despite this sad loss Manute Bol is now more widely known for his humanitarian efforts in making the world know about the plight of the genocide that was going on in his native Sudan . That to my mind is far more important than anything that he’d achieved in the NBA .

    Round Up And Sounding Off …………

    AP

  • tophatal

    chappy

    This could be another reason why Reggie Bush would to really keep silent as to what went on at USC.

    Reggie Bush Could be Running From IRS on Gifts Allegedly Received at USC

    Good thing Reggie Bush is a fast runner, because the IRS might be chasing him for back taxes, penalties and interest on the estimated $300,000 worth of luxury gifts he allegedly received while playing football at the University of Southern California. And if they catch him, Bush could end up writing the government agency a check on the high side of $150,000.

    “If the entire $300,000 is determined to be taxable,” Los Angeles-based CPA Mark Greenberg said, “about 50 percent of that would go to the IRS and Franchise Tax Board. And with penalties and interest, it could go up to 60 percent since it’s going back a few years.”

    Greenberg estimates that Bush, now the star running back for the New Orleans Saints, “ultimately will wind up paying about $150,000,” but “it could be up to $200,000” if his financial team can’t get the penalties and interest waived.

    Bush and USC have been in hot water since June 10, when the NCAA sanctioned the school with four years of probation and a two-year ban on postseason bowl games. The Trojan football team was also forced to forfeit all its victories during the three seasons Bush played, and it was stripped of 30 football scholarships intended for new players over the next three years.

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  • Chris Humpherys

    Nice to see that he’s being remembered for his many contributions.

  • tophatal

    chappy

    Chris Humpherys

    What I’d like to see the NBA hierarchy do is to make a charitable donation of say $ 500,000 to a foundation named in honor of Manute Bol. And perhaps too teams from around the league can make a matching contribution equaling matching that total in all.

    Alan Parkins .

    • Chappy81

      I like it! They need to make up for the years of work that he will be missing out on dying so young!

      • tophatal

        chappy

        You and I both know that’s not going to happen anytime soon ! Look at the work that Dikembe Mutombo has done in his native Congo ? He’s built a pediatric hospital there as well as one that deals primarily with HIV-AIDS sufferers but there’s been very little acknowledgement of that fact by the NBA as a whole . Need I say anymore on the matter ? Stern is all about image but merely his own and how it makes him look good in front of others .

        Alan Parkins

  • Chris Humpherys

    Not a bad idea, Al.

    Or rename the humanitarian award after him.

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