June 23, 2010
Manute Bol: Self-less superstar
Manute Bol was a big man—both on the basketball court and off it. Somehow, at 7’7”, he was larger than life.
After retiring from the NBA in 1994, Bol became even more active in his native Sudan. As U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback said in remembrance of Bol on the Senate floor, Bol’s Christian faith “guided his advocacy.”
Bol, who died Saturday of kidney failure, is being remembered as much for his stature and his NBA legacy—he was the only player to average more blocks (3.3 per game) than points (2.6 per game)—as he is for his life off the court. He was, as John Zogby, the president and CEO of Zogby International, said, “The Real NBA Hero.”
From Zogby’s HuffPo piece:
This commitment to serving others, Zogby writes, made Bol “the richest man ever to have played in the NBA.”