We know, we know. Life-sized bobbleheads have been done before, and in Detroit no less (we’re certain you remember the Justin Verlander-or-is that-Alex Avila fiasco). But we still got a kick out of this one.
In an effort to pay homage to the late Manute Bol, the tallest player in NBA history, the Golden State Warriors crafted up a life-sized, 7-foot-7 bobblehead replica of the gentle giant (8-foot-4 if one includes the pedestal) ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls (10:30, NBA TV). Here’s seven-foot Warriors center Andre Bogut posing next to Bobble Bol, for reference.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) January 26, 2015
In addition to the life-sized piece, the Warriors will provide standard-sized Manute Bol bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans who attend tonight’s game. Per official Warriors release:
To celebrate Manute Bol Bobblehead Night, the team will also have a life-size 7’7” Manute Bol Bobblehead on display in Section 112 of the main concourse at Oracle Arena. Fans will be encouraged to take photos with the Bobblehead and share on social media with the hashtag #ManuteBobblehead to help raise money for the Warriors Community Foundation. For every shared image of the life-size Bobblehead, Kingsford Capital Management will donate $1 to the Warriors Community Foundation through the Hoops For Kids program, up to $10,000. The Hoops For Kids program is committed to helping youth in the Bay Area live, learn and play.
Bol, a native of South Sudan, played 10 seasons in the NBA, serving as a shot-blocking specialist who set an NBA rookie record by averaging a mind-boggling 5.0 blocks per game (in just 26 minutes a night!) for the Washington Bullets in 1986.
Bol spent three seasons with the Warriors, bookended with stops in Washington, Miami, and Philadelphia. His time with the Sixers was highlighted by a memorable three-point outburst that now lives on forever in the world of YouTube.