Wed, 06/30/2010 - 13:25
This month the NBA lost a dedicated player who made an incredible impact on the sport of basketball and on his native country Sudan. Manute Bol, 7-foot-7 shot-blocker extraordinaire, sadly was taken away due to complications with a skin condition called Stevens–Johnson syndrome. He will be greatly missed by the entire NBA association and fans. He not only stood out in the NBA with his unique skill sets (he is the only player in NBA history to have more blocked shots than points scored) but also for his dedication and humanitarianism throughout his lifetime.
Bol played in the NBA with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia, and Miami. He had two runs with the Sixers and will always be remembered as an incredible asset to the community. “Manute’s impact on this city, our franchise and the game of basketball cannot be put into words,” 76ers president and general manager Ed Stefanski said in a statement. “He … was continually giving of himself through his generosity and humanitarian efforts in order to make the world around him a much better place, for which he will always be remembered.”