Former Warrior Manute Bol Passes Away

June 19, 2010
Former Warrior Manute Bol Passes Away

The 7-foot-7 Bol played 160 games for the Warriors over parts of three seasons.

Former Golden State Warriors center Manute Bol passed away earlier today at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. The 7-foot-7 native of Sudan played three seasons for the Warriors (1987-88, 1988-89, 1994-95), averaging 3.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots over 160 games.

Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson, who coached Bol during two of his seasons in Golden State, issued the following statement earlier today:

Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson: "Manute Bol was one of the most unique, caring and charismatic individuals that I have had the pleasure to coach during my 30-plus years in this business. As a player, his abilities were quite intriguing, both offensively and defensively. He was respected as a great teammate in the locker room and adored by the fans who enjoyed his entertaining style of play. Off the floor, his personality was infectious and his ability to make others laugh was a great asset. However, it was his unrelenting commitment that he made to the people back home in Sudan that I will always remember about Manute. He was constantly in search of ways in which to assist Sudan through various charitable efforts and, in many cases, through his own personal pledges. He was one-of-a-kind, loved by everyone and will be sorely missed by those he had touched all over the world, both here and abroad."

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