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Tribute: Southern Sudan legend Manute Bol's life in pictures (1962-2010)

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Manute Bol in 1985: After arriving in America, Bol briefly attended Cleveland State before transferring to the University of Bridgeport. During his one season with the Division II Purple Knights, Bol averaged 22.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 7.5 blocked shots per game (Photos and descriptions were originally published by Sports Illustrated).

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Manute Bol and Spud Webb 1985: After a season at Bridgeport, the 7-foot-6 Bol signed with the United States Basketball League's Rhode Island Gulls, where he teamed up with 5-7 Spud Webb (Sports Illustrated).

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Moses Malone and Manute Bol in 1987: Bol teamed with Moses Malone to make one of the most imposing big-man combos in the NBA. During his rookie season, Bol appeared in 80 games and averaged 5.0 blocks per game. He also set the NBA rookie record with 397 blocks.

 

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Spud Webb and Manute Bol in 1988: Bol, pictured with his old USBL teammate Spud Webb, quickly became a star in D.C. and was recruited for a number of endorsements. He also was credited with increasing attendance at Bullets away games.

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Manute Bol in 1988: After three seasons with the Bullets, Bol was traded to Golden State for Dave Feitl and a 1989 second-round draft pick.

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Manute Bol and Chuck Nevitt in 1989: Though Bol was primarily used in the post to defend the other team's big men, Warriors coach Don Nelson encouraged him to shoot three-pointers. In his first season in Golden State, Bol shot a career-high 91 three pointers, making 20 of them

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Charles Barkley and Manute Bol in 1992: In Philadelphia, Bol fast became friends with Charles Barkley. "You know, a lot of people feel sorry for him, because he's so tall and awkward," Barkley said of Manute in a 1990 SI feature. "But I'll tell you this -- if everyone in the world was a Manute Bol, it's a world I'd want to live in. He's smart. He reads The New York Times. He knows what's going on in a lot of subjects. He's not one of these just-basketball guys. Basketball's just one per cent of it. You know what he was talking about the other day? Milk. He was saying that he grew up on milk straight from the cow. Squeezed it himself. Milk. He says, 'Charlie, what's this lo-fat milk, this two percent milk, all of this other milk? Cows don't give lo-fat milk, two percent milk. We shouldn't drink it.' I don't know. Maybe he's got something."

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Manute Bol and Keba Phipps in 1996:Though his playing career was over, Bol was not out of the spotlight. In this photo, he accompanies U.S. volleyball star Keba Phipps on the on the catwalk at the unveiling of her fashion collection in Milan.

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Manute Bol, Ajok Giugwol and Bol Manute Bol in 2001: Bol's true passion, however, is working to improve the lives of those in his native Sudan. In this photo, Bol poses with his now ex-wife, Ajok Giugwol, and their 19-month-old son, Bol Manute Bol.

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Celebrity Boxing in 2002: Bol also made an appearance on Fox's short lived Celebrity Boxing along with Joey Buttafuoco, Olga Korbut, Joanie Laurer, Dustin Diamond, Ron Palillo, Darva Conger and William Perry.

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Manute Bol in 2002: In the fall of 2002, Bol signed a one-day contract with the Indianapolis Ice of the Central Hockey League to raise money for children in Sudan. Unfortunately, arthritic feet and poor fitting skates prevented Bol from making an appearance. The game, however, drew a season-high crowd of 5,859 fans to Conseco Fieldhouse.

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Manute Bol in 2003: Bol's desire to raise money for Sudan next took him to Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind., where he became the tallest jockey ever licensed by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.

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Manute Bol and Jockeys in 2003: At 7-6, it was easy to spot Bol among the other vertically-challenged jockeys.

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Manute Bol and Dick Bavetta in 2005: In 2004, Bol was seriously injured in Connecticut when a taxi he was riding in hit a guardrail, swerved across both lanes before hitting a rock ledge and rolling over. The driver was killed while Bol suffered a broken neck. Within a year, however, Bol was back attending NBA games.

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Manute Bol 2006: In 2006, Bol helped spearhead the Sudan Freedom Walk, a 300-mile march from New York to Washington. The purpose of the walk was to shed light on the genocide and modern-day slavery in Sudan, and to call for U.S. government action to stop the violence and enslavement of black African Sudanese.

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Manute Bol and George Gregan 2006: Bol poses with Wallaby captain George Gregan during a tour of South Africa to promote basketball in the region

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Manute Bol 2009:

Bol, pictured here relaxing in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba, died on Saturday of kidney failure.

 


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