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Manute Bol: Wiki, Early Life, Career, Death & Funeral


Manute Bol was born October 16, 1962. Bol was a well-known and highly regarded professional basketball player from Sudanese-American and an avid activist.

Bol stood 90 inches tall and was, along with Gheorghe Muresan, the tallest N.B.A player. Bol was ranked as the second best player in N.B.A.’s 2020 shot-blocking rankings.

History in blocked shots per match and 16th overall. Bol was a highly talented player. We celebrate Bol today because of that.

Manute Bol wiki

Manute Bol

Manute Bol was a Sudanese American professional basketball player and activist. He lived from October 16, 1962 to June 19, 2010. Bol, who was 7 feet 6 inches (2.29 m) tall or 7 feet 7 inches (2.31 m), was tied with Gheorghe Murean for the title of tallest player during the history National Basketball Association.

Bol was selected by the Washington Bullets to play college basketball with the Bridgeport Purple Knights.

Bol was a member of three teams during his NBA career which ran from 1985 to 1995. Bol, a center is known as one of the greatest shot-blockers in NBA history.

He is also the only NBA player who has retired with more career blocked shots than total points. He ranked 16th in total blocked shots and second in blocked shot per match as of 2020.

Bol is remembered for his efforts in promoting human rights in Sudan and helping Sudanese refugees.

Full Name: Manute Bol

Nickname: Nute, The Dinka Dunker

Birth date: October 16, 1962

Death date: June 19, 2010 (age 47)

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Height: 7′ 6″

Net Worth: $7 million

Manute Bol Early life

Manute Bol Early life

Manute Bol was the son of Madute Bol and Okwok Bol, both from Turalei in Sudan (now South Sudan). He was raised near Gogrial. Bol was named Manute by his father, a Dinka tribal elder. This means “special blessing.” Bol did not have a formal record of his birth date.

Bol was raised in a family of tall women and men. Bol said that his mother stood at 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m), while my father was 6 feet 8 inches (2.03m), and my sister stands at 6 feet 8 inches (2.03m).

My great-grandfather was 7 feet 10 inches (2.39 m) taller. His ethnic group, the Dinkas, and the Nilotic people, of which they are part, are amongst the most prominent in the world.

Turalei is Bol’s hometown. It is also the birthplace of Ring Ayuel, a 7-foot-4in (2.24 m), basketball player. Bol said, “I was born and raised in a village where you can’t measure yourself.” Bol said, “I was 7’7” when I was growing up. I was 18-19 years old.

Bol began soccer around 1972, but he quit the sport because he was too tall. Bol began playing basketball in Sudan in his teens. He played for many years with teams in Khartoum and Wau . There he was subject to prejudice from the northern Sudanese.

Manute Bol Personal life

Six children were born to Bol’s first wife, Atong, while four were with Ajok. Bol’s son Madut, who was born December 19, 1989, played college basketball at Southern University.

He graduated in 2013. Another son, Bol was born November 16, 1999 and played in the 2018-19 season for the Oregon Ducks. Bol Bol was selected for the 2019 NBA Draft. He was ranked 44th by the Miami Heat. He was then traded to the Denver Nuggets.

Before learning English, Bol was able to speak Dinka as well Arabic.

Bol, despite not knowing much English or Western culture when he arrived in America, quickly adjusted and was widely considered to be well-rounded, curious, and well-read.

Charles Barkley became a close friend of Bol and he remarked that if everyone on the planet was a Manute Bol it would be a world I wanted to live in.

He’s smart. He can read The New York Times. He is knowledgeable about a variety of topics. He is not a “basketball guy”.

Bol was the founder of a basketball school in Cairo during his time in Egypt. His pupil was a Sudanese refugee named Luol deng. He is the son of a former Sudanese cabinet Minister. Bol was also a friend of Deng’s as he moved to the United States later to continue his basketball career.

Bol sustained serious injuries in a car accident in Colchester in July 2004. He was ejected by a taxi that struck a guardrail and was overturned. This resulted in a fractured neck.

He was also under the influence and had a suspended license. His fortunes had been donated mostly to Sudan and he was left financially devastated as he didn’t have health insurance.

After he had recovered from his injuries, the injured man moved to Kansas .

Manute Bol Death

Bol, 47, died of severe kidney failure and complications of Stevens Johnson syndrome on June 19, 2010 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville. He was 47 years old. He was buried at South Sudan.

Manute Bol funeral 

Bol’s memorial service took place on June 29, 2010, at Washington National Cathedral in Washington DC. Bol’s body was placed in a specially-built, eight-foot-long casket.

Bol’s charitable work and career were honored by people from all over the United States and around the globe after his death.

The NBA and his former teams issued statements to recognize Bol’s impact on basketball and Sudan. U.S. Senator Sam Brownback paid tributes to Bol at the United States Senate floor.

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