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“He's 7'7'' but he thought he was 5'10''” — Muggsy Bouges on playing with Manute Bol

Muggsy Bogues shared how fun it was to be teammates with Manute Bol despite their differences.
Manute Bol with Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat

Manute Bol

In 1987, the Washington Bullets (Wizards) were not viewed as top contenders. However, they entered that season as one of the most exciting teams because they had the tallest and the shortest player in the league: the late Manute Bol, who towered at 7-foot-7, and Muggsy Bogues, who stood at 5-foot-3.

'Nute wanted the little man's role

At 7'7'', Bol was, needless to say, a center. He wasn't tasked with becoming the focal point of the offense, but his primary role was to block shots and grab rebounds. On the other hand, Bogues was evidently a point guard.

Still, Muggsy said that a lot of folks didn't know that Bol was always fond of being a playmaker and often enjoyed their bizarre 1-on-1 battles during team practices.

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"He was 7'7'', but he thought that he was 5'10''," Bogues said of Bol via Official Hoop Hall. "He thought that he was a guard. He always wanted to handle the basketball, he always wanted to shoot 3s. He always wanted to play me 1-on-1 in practice. We had so much fun."

Bol was seriously fun

On the court, Bol was usually silent. It wasn't much of a surprise because he spent the first 15 years of his life in his home country of Sudan. However, 'Nute did not let the language barrier hinder him from expressing his sense of humor.

Bogues said Bol was always to hang around with and apparently, the two-time NBA blocks champion carried that to Golden State when he got traded to the Warriors.

Like in Washington, Bol often pranked his Warriors teammates. And for some reason, he liked to poke fun at the guards. Former Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway said Bol once asked him to pay $500K before he let him use the No. 10. According to former Warriors head coach Don Nelson, 'Nute was an amazing person who regularly made them laugh.

"He was a wonderful man with a terrific sense of humor," Nelson said of Bol. "He had everybody on our team in stitches all of the time. He cared deeply about his people and did everything he could to help them."

Looking back at Bol's NBA career, he was able to live up to the hype of his height at one point, having registered a staggering career-best average of 5 blocks in his rookie season and 4.3 blocks in his maiden season with the Warriors. Unfortunately, Bol's block parties weren't enough for him to earn an All-Star appearance. Nevertheless, Manute Bol still left his mark on the game.

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