A Manute Bol Tribute, Complete With Video

On Saturday, Manute Bol passed away at 47. While his humanitarian efforts were more significant than anything one can do on a basketball court, he's contributed moments to the sport that we won't soon forget. I'd like to start by sharing this image, because I kind of have to.

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Manute Bol, the tallest man in basketball, with Muggsy Bogues, the shortest man in basketball. Anyone who has been on the Internet for longer than three and a half minutes has already seen this, but speaking for myself, I never grow tired of it.

After the jump, please observe a video containing my two favorite Manute Bol highlights.

Watching Manute shoot threes is such a bizarre experience. It doesn't even look like he's actually "shooting" it. It's more like he's pushing it up an invisible ramp or something. Consider this: the height difference between the rim and Manute Bol was roughly the height difference between Bol and Muggsy Bogues. Maybe Manute and the rim held a certain understanding.

My favorite on-court Manute moment, though, can be seen at 0:33 here. Four consecutive blocks. I laugh every time I see it. He was playing whack-a-mole without a mallet.

I was too young to appreciate basketball much while Manute Bol was playing, but I knew who he was. I think everyone did. And to his credit, he will be remembered as much more than simply, "INCREDIBLY TALL MAN." We'll miss him.

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