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Bol Bol
Bol Bol
Position: C
Born: 11/16/99
Height: 7-2 / 2.18
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $79,568
Harrison Wind: On @NBAonTNT tonight, Shaq said he once had to suspend Bol Bol and his son Shareef for going out with @souljaboy the night before a game. He then raved about Bol: “This kid right here has it. And I’m glad he’s with a guy like Mike Malone because Mike speaks our language.”
Bol has gifts that made him a top prospect out of high school. As Nuggets coach Mike Malone said, you can’t teach 7’2″ with a 7’9″ wingspan and a soft touch from three. After a couple of strong showings from Bol — as well as guard Troy Daniels — Malone was asked if they could play their way into the postseason rotation. Don’t bet on that happening. Bol is flashing the potential that caught the eye of scouts, but he’s also still very raw and that shows in games as well. It’s to be expected after a foot injury sidelined him for an entire season, at least until the coronavirus pushed the end of the season back into the summer. Bol has some work to do yet.
If there has been one player who has taken advantage of the limited player personnel in Orlando, it’s been Bol Bol. The Nuggets rookie, who has yet to make his NBA debut, has been drawing rave reviews during the team’s training camp in the bubble. Jamal Murray joined the chorus of praise following Monday’s practice. “Bol is talented,” Murray said in a zoom conference call. “He’s 7-foot-2 with a 7-foot-7 wingspan and he’s a mismatch anywhere on the court.” Murray believes as Bol continues to condition his body, the Nuggets could be looking at another draft steal. “He obviously needs to hit the weight room, but 7-foot-2 is hard to stop for anybody. He’s an easy target to pass to and he can shoot. He can put the ball on the floor and he blocks shots and hustles…Once he’s able to read and react [in the Nuggets’ offense], he’s going to be a hell of a player because he can make up so much ground offensively and defensively. It will be fun to see him in some live action.”
I think there’s a strong chance Bol ends up playing in at least the three upcoming scrimmages, and possibly making his NBA debut during the seeding games. Frankly, the Nuggets don’t have a ton of healthy players down in Orlando, and Bol may be used out of necessity. But that ignores the fact that the last week and a half might have been the most hands-on work Denver’s coaches have had with Bol all season. From what I’ve been told, Bol has been one of the standout players in Orlando, even in smaller settings. Put it this way: If Michael Malone had to play Bol, my gut says he’d feel a lot more comfortable with it now, after seeing and working with him, than he would’ve without the six or so practices they’ve had in Orlando.
Since the G League season was officially ended during the league’s stoppage of play and NBA team rosters were expanded for the remaining seeding games and playoffs, Bol has joined the Nuggets in the bubble and has been practicing with the team. “He (Bol) only practiced with us in Denver a few times during the season,” Malone said Saturday. “To see him out there playing and doing things that a lot of people can’t do, it’s really remarkable. I have to remind myself how young he is. He is extremely talented and skilled.”
Malone would not confirm if Bol, 20, will be available to play when seeding games begin Aug. 1 against the Miami Heat. But it’s clear the Nuggets remain extremely bullish about his future. “To see (Bol) out there playing and doing things a lot of people can’t do is really remarkable,” Malone said. “He is extremely talented and skilled. You cannot teach 7-foot-2, you cannot teach a 7-foot-9 wingspan, and the soft touch that he has. He’s getting stronger, he’s getting healthier, and right now it’s good to see him compete against some of the other players that we have down here.
Three years ago, Madut Bol was on break at his Amazon warehouse job — a job he didn’t like — when his old college teammate reached out: Madut’s half brother Bol Bol was playing in an elite showcase that night in New York. Did Madut want to go? Madut had to finish his shift and technically didn’t have any more time to take off. But he didn’t care. He told his boss he was leaving early, then drove 60 miles from Trenton, N.J., to Brooklyn Bridge Park, the site of the showcase. Madut hadn’t seen Bol in four months, and even then, it was for only a minute or two when Bol had played in another showcase in New York. Their conversation after that game had been awkward, distant, like two people who hardly knew each other, which wasn’t far from the truth. This time, Madut didn’t care if Bol knew he was there. “My dad never saw me play,” Madut says. “So, I was like, ‘I don’t want Bol to be on this level and nobody comes to see him play.’”
But more surreal were the ways in which Bol reminded Madut of their father, Manute Bol, the tallest person to ever play in the NBA and one of the league’s great humanitarians. An admirer called him the “Muhammad Ali or Nelson Mandela of his time” for all he had done in South Sudan. “You can look right at (Bol) and tell,” Madut says. “Just the way he walks. People say the same thing to me: ‘You walk like your dad.’ I don’t see it because I’m not looking at me walking. But seeing him walk, he walks just like Dad. Smiles like Dad. Just looks exactly like him.” After the game, Madut drove home without talking to Bol.
For years, he has wanted a relationship with Bol, a second-round pick this year who plays for the Denver Nuggets. He says he wants to be there for him, to help him, guide him and support him — all the things a big brother is supposed to do. But ever since their dad died in 2010, they have rarely spent time together or even spoken. (The Nuggets declined to make Bol available for this story.) The reasons why are complicated and go far beyond their decade in age difference. When Madut was 5 or 6 in the mid-’90s, his dad packed his bags and told him, “I’ll be back.” There was nothing unusual about the moment; Manute traveled all the time. But that time, Madut waited and waited for him to come home. Days turned into weeks. Madut asked his mom where his dad was, but she had no idea either. Weeks turned into months. Madut received no phone calls, no letters or emails. One moment, his dad was his hero, the larger-than-life personality who dominated every room and cracked open Madut’s closed-off personality. The next, he was gone without an explanation. Madut and his brothers and sisters learned about their dad’s new life in Sudan from a 2001 Sports Illustrated story in which Manute talked to a reporter while his second wife, Ajok, cradled their 19-month-old son, Bol.
The Nuggets enter the 2019-20 season possessing some of the most exciting rookies in franchise history. Former McDonald’s All-American MVP Michael Porter Jr. is set to see some action this season, while Bol Bol has drawn a lot of attention with his potential as a 7-foot-2 center with range. Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly believes fans will also be impressed with what they see out of recent European import Vlatko Čančar. “Vlatko has done of great job of developing since we drafted him,” Connelly said in an interview with Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM on Thursday. “He’s going to surprise people with his ability to guard several positions. He’s a really bright kid, a really tough kid, a humble guy that will continue to develop.”
Jeff Siegel: Guaranteed salary, picks 40-48: Justin James – $2.4M Eric Paschall – $4.2M Admiral Schofield – $2.8M Jaylen Nowell – $1.4M Bol Bol – $50,000 Isaiah Roby – $3.0M Talen Horton-Tucker – $2.4M Ignas Brazdeikis – $2.4M Terance Mann – $2.5M One of these is not like the others.