Manute Bol

This last week, Manute Bol — the tallest man ever to play in the NBA — died at 47 years of age from complications related to a rare skin condition (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome) contracted while working in his native nation of Sudan.

Bol was a journeyman NBA player for 10 seasons but was singularly memorable both for his unique ability to block shots in amazing ways and for being a joyful warrior in a league of jaded and selfish young men.

I hope the NBA establishes a Manute Bol humanitarian award similar to the one MLB has honoring Roberto Clemente. May Bol’s selflessness and service to others encourage us all to focus less on ourselves and more on people in need.

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