Manute Bol died at age 47 on Saturday. I never met the 7'7" Sudanese player, who began his NBA career with the Washington Bullets in 1985, but I have heard stories about him. From what I read he'd been battling kidney problem and a skin disease. He had become quite the humanitarian in recent years. I'm sure his presence will be missed and felt by the people and the causes he supported. He died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.
Many years ago, I remember Bob Ferry telling me that when he was General Manager, he used to pay his son, Danny, to drive Manute around the DC/VA/MD area. That sounds like Bob. He's a very caring man, and I'm sure he wanted to keep his players safe.