Long, long time ago, when Micheal Jordan maybe just had stepped the stage, I was addicted to NBA basketball. I guess because in Holland, Sky Channel came on the cable at that time. Being the first ever overseas channel, you just had to watch it. I remember getting fascinated by the way the Americans covered sports and basketball in general. I grew out to be a true LA Lakers fan and saw them winning the finals with Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar against the Boston Celtics with Larry Bird, in the 1986-1987 season.
In these years there was another player who literally stood out. Sudanese born Manute Bol. Being 7 feet, 7 inches (2.31 meters) he was one of the tallest players in the game ever. In a way you always felt sorry for him and because he was kind of clumsy, but he played some fabulous basketball. Bol was next to being a basketball player an activist for his country of origin. Also he is said to be the inventor of the world known phrase: ‘My Bad’
“You know, a lot of people feel sorry for him, because he’s so tall and awkward,” Charles Barkley, a former 76ers teammate, once said. “But I’ll tell you this — if everyone in the world was a Manute Bol, it’s a world I’d want to live in.”
Bol died yesterday at 47 of rare skin disease he got from one of his visits to Africa.