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Manute Bol - Dead at 47.

Postby cl525 » Sat Jun 19, 2010 2:19 pm

An associate of former NBA player Manute Bol says Bol has died at a Virginia hospital, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition.

Sudan Sunrise executive director Tom Prichard says in an email that the seven-foot-six Bol died Saturday morning at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

The 47-year-old Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA and later founded Sudan Sunrise, a humanitarian group based in Lenexa, Kan., that promotes reconciliation in Sudan. Bol played professionally with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami.

Bol was admitted into hospital in mid-May during a stopover in Washington after returning to the United States from Sudan. Prichard says Sudan "and the world have lost a hero."
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Postby Drury_Sakic » Sat Jun 19, 2010 10:03 pm

Wish more pro players would have the heart and will to help the world like he did.
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Postby cl525 » Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:31 am

Very few players will ever put their country over themselves like Manute did . . .
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Postby clanfrazier » Sun Jun 20, 2010 1:22 pm

Sad to see him go. Cl, you are right on with that thought, he was a great player/humanitarian...which is a small group indeed. At least we still have Dikembe Mutombo, who has been huge in helping his home country of Congo, Africa in general and the Zaire women's olympic basketball team (He covered all expenses for the Atlanta olympic games), so that is a bonus.
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Postby cl525 » Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:28 am

and then there are guys like Paul Pierce who opt out of his last year in his contract worth $21.5 million because he can sign for up to $96 million for 4 years through free agency.

and I'm sure none of that cash goes to charity...
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Postby clanfrazier » Fri Jul 02, 2010 11:51 am

I understand. The Nuggets are trying to extend Carmelo Anthony with a $20+MM per year deal so he does not do the same next year. Ludicrous to make that much money and still be greedy for 10% more.

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And...sometimes we get surprised. Pierce agreed to a 4 year/$60MM deal that was LESS than his opt-out year. Gave up $21.5MM to take 4 years at $15MM per. Still too much money, but, wow...unexpected.
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