How Manute Bol Was Reportedly Playing In The NBA When He Was 50-Years-Old
If you take a look at Manute Bol’s Wikipedia page right now, it will state that he passed away at the age of 47-years-old, but according to a recent report from ZagsBlog, it’s very possibly he was actually playing in the league at that age.
Former Cleveland State coach Kevin Mackey, who brought the 7-foot-7 Bol to the United States from the Sudan in the mid-1980s, is now stating, years after Bol’s death, that he gave him a made-up birthday in order for him to get the same opportunities as someone younger and to help him make it to the league.
“I gave him his birthday because they didn’t know how old he was,” Mackey, currently a scout with the Indiana Pacers, told ZAGSBLOG. “It was in October, I wanted to make it after Sept. 1. 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.”
The current Indiana Pacers scout says immigration didn’t seem to look too much into things because they were basketball fans.
“The immigration people were in the office [at Cleveland State] and they thought it was great,” Mackey said. “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.”
Bol passed away in 2010 at age 47, but if Mackey is correct, Bol was definitely playing in the NBA at that age, and even older.
“Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35,” Mackey said, “He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.”
Manute’s skill on the court certainly passed down to his son, Bol Bol, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the country by ESPN. He recently announced that he will be attending the University of Oregon.