WASHINGTON (AP) The body of Manute Bol lay in a 244-cm, specially built casket in the vast splendor of the ornate Washington National Cathedral. There couldn't have been a more appropriate setting for a man who seemed larger than life in so many ways.
The 231-cm former NBA player who worked diligently to improve conditions in his native Sudan was remembered as a shot-blocker to be feared and a humanitarian to be loved at a funeral service Tuesday.
"Wow. That guy is tall. He's a giant," said former NBA player and league vice president of player development Rory Sparrow, reciting his first impressions upon meeting Bol. "And little did I know how true that statement was. Because not only was he an intimidating force on the court, someone to reckoned with in the game . . . but he was also a giant off the court. And he had a heart that was also very large and full of compassion for his fellow man."