Former Washington Bullet center Manute Bol, the 7'6" gentle giant from the Dinka tribe of Sudan, is in the hospital due to kidney failure and is reportedly "in a bad way."Bol was a 2nd round draft pick of the Bullets in 1985 and he played with the team until 1988. He averaged 5 blocks per game in 80 games in 1985-86, and his 397 blocks is still an NBA record for a rookie. He left the team after the 1988 season and had stints with the Golden State Warriors [twice], Philadephia 76ers [twice] and Miami Heat. He returned to Washington in 1993-94 for two games to help develop the newly-acquired 7'7" Gheorghe Muresan. To this day, Bol is second in NBA history in blocks per game [3.34] and is the only player in NBA history to record more blocks than points.
This isn't Bol's first serious health problem. In 2004 he suffered a broken neck and other injuries when the taxi he was riding in hit a guard rail and flipped over.
We wish Manute a full recovery from his illness. I'll always have fond memories of his long, gangly arms swatting away shots or the awkward bend of his knees as he launched a hilarious 3-pointer. Bol became known as a good-humored practical joker, with 76ers teammate Charles Barkley being a frequent target of his pranks.
You can send your get well message to Bol at this Facebook page.
Enjoy this video of Bol and his many moments worth remembering.