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Bol: Most Unlikely NBA Player Ever

John Sleezer

He was a Dinka tribesman from southern Sudan who had been brought to America, as if in a hokey movie, to play a strange game in which 10 people in skimpy outfits ran around and bounced a ball, with the object to put the ball through an orange ring. But to play for an American college he needed to be educated in English as a second language, and that was an interesting proposition since in his previous life, one that revolved around cows, there never had been a need to hold a writing implement.

Manute Bol was, without doubt, the most unlikely player in the 64-year history of the National Basketball Association.

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