Manute Bol RumorsAll NBA Players
Earnings: $5,150,000 ($9,681,772*)
Earnings: $5,150,000 ($9,681,772*)
For Luc Mbah a Moute, visits with Olajuwon have a more personal meaning as one of the inspirations for his career. Mbah a Moute, a native of Cameroon, said he even cites the examples of Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo coming out of Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo when he speaks to young players in Africa. “They set the example,” Mbah a Moute said. “When I say they, Hakeem and Dikembe, to name those two pioneers, they are the reason why we’re here. You can name Manute Bol, as well. I think all African players, we all looked up to him. They paved the way, especially him because he went to college here, him and Dikembe. They pretty much paved the way for guys like me to be here. I’ve always looked at him as an inspiration to pave the way with other kids, kids I’ve been involved with so far.”
Bol’s son, 7-foot-2 Bol Bol, signed a National Letter of Intent with Oregon on Monday, giving the Ducks the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to 247Sports.com. According to Wikipedia, Bol Bol was born Nov. 16, 1999 in the Sudan, when his father was supposedly 37. But Mackey says Bol was probably much older and could have been in his 40s or even 50s when he played in the NBA.
But Kevin Mackey, the former Cleveland State coach who brought the 7-foot-7 Bol to the United States from the Sudan in the mid-1980s, tells a different story. “I gave him his birthday because they didn’t know how old he was,” Mackey, now a scout with the Indiana Pacers, told ZAGSBLOG.
“The immigration people were in the office [at Cleveland State] and they thought it was great. They loved it. And they were big fans of Cleveland State, they used to come to all our games. They wanted to cover themselves because Manute was starting to get so much publicity. His picture was in the paper. He was on the 6 o’clock news because he was a such a different looking guy than everyone else. At that time, no one had ever seen anything like it.” So at that point, Mackey worked with the local immigration office to come up with a birthday for Bol, Oct. 16, 1962 “It was in October, I wanted to make it after Sept. 1,” Mackey said. “I wanted to make sure he was young enough because he didn’t have an age. I think he was [in his 40s], I really do. But there’s no way of ever really knowing.”
Dikembe Mutombo: The work that our late Manute Bol, myself and Hakeem Olajuwon were able to accomplish, we have set a great product for young Africans to come to the NBA. And the NBA is impressed with that, which is why you see this game is taking place for the second time in the continent. It shows that there is much love and appreciation toward the NBA for its commitment here.
The sons of Shaquille O’Neal and Manute Bol are playing together on the AAU circuit with Cal Supreme in the EYBL. Shareef O’Neal, a 6-9 power forward from Crossroads School (Santa Monica, Calif.), and Bol Bol, a 7-footer from Mater Dei (Santa Ana) are already showing signs of what the teams on the circuit might have to deal with.
His rookie year during the 1990-91 season about the tallest—and arguably the skinniest—man in NBA history and former 7-foot-7 Sixers teammate Manute Bol “never played sober in one basketball game during his NBA career” because the team wanted him to gain weight, the weird self-mutilation tactics he used to keep track of his own age, and scolding reporters to stop looking at his manhood in the team’s locker.