Skip to main content

Report: Manute Bol May Have Played In The NBA At This Insane Age


When it comes to insane NBA stories, Manute Bol is right up there with Wilt Chamberlain when it comes to the protagonists in those tales.

From reportedly killing a lion with his bare hands back in Sudan before the NBA, to slinging six three's in a single half as a 7'7 behemoth, Bol's history may be 75% myth.

And that percentage may be set to rise after recent allegations regarding the 1985-86 All-Defensive team member.

Multiple sources state that Bol passed away at the young age of 47, but according to former Cleveland State coach Kevin Mackey, that number may have been way off.

Scroll to Continue


"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."

That's right, there's a possibility that Manute Bol was playing in the NBA in his 40's, even his 50's, easily breaking the record for the oldest player in league history.

"Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you're 35," the Cleveland State coach said, "He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA."

Mackey recruited Bol from his home country of Sudan and brought him to Cleveland in 1985 in hopes of receiving the next big prospect and even went as far as lying about his birthdate to get him.

Unfortunately for Bol, he never was eligible for enrollment and had to attend college at the University of Bridgeport instead. Bol was then drafted by the Washington Bullets with the 31st overall pick back in the 1985 NBA draft, and proceeded to lead the league in blocks (5.0!) his rookie season. Bol finished his career with the Warriors, averaging 3.3 swats a game for his career.