Manute Bol 231 cm 2.31 m (7 ft 7 in) – Retired Sudanese professional basketball player. Tied as tallest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. Manute Bol (English pronunciation: /məˈnuːt ˈboʊl/; October 16, 1962 – June 19, 2010) was a Sudanese-born basketball player and activist. Until the debut of Gheorghe Mureşan, Bol was the tallest player ever to appear in the National Basketball Association. Bol is believed to have been born on October 16, 1962 in either Turalie or Gogrial, Sudan. He was the son of a Dinka tribal chief, who gave him the name "Manute," which means "special blessing." The 4th tall athlete in the world.
Bol played basketball for many teams over his career. He played for two colleges and four NBA teams. He was known as a specialist player; his shot blocking skills were considered among the best in the league during his tenure, but other aspects of his game were considered fairly weak.
One statistical oddity highlights Bol's unique skill set: he is the only player in NBA history to have more blocked shots than points scored.
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