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Great Height, Big Heart: NBA's Manute Bol Dies

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Great Height, Big Heart: NBA's Manute Bol Dies

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Great Height, Big Heart: NBA's Manute Bol Dies

Great Height, Big Heart: NBA's Manute Bol Dies

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At 7-foot-7, he was the tallest man in the NBA when he played in the '80s and '90s. After his playing days, he often returned to his homeland, Sudan, to build schools in hopes of promoting peace. He died Saturday of kidney failure at age 47.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

We take a moment now to look back at a basketball player known for his great height and his big heart. Manute Bol stood 7-feet-7-inches, the tallest man in the NBA when he played for several teams, including the Washington Bullets in the 1980s and '90s.

Born in Sudan, Bol was dubbed the Dinka Dunker, but he'll be remembered as one of the game's all-time leading shot blockers. After his playing days, Bol often returned to his troubled homeland to build schools in hopes of promoting peace. When he died Saturday in Virginia of kidney failure, Manute Bol was 47.

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