Warriors honor 7-foot-7 Manute Bol with life-size bobblehead
It’s one of the trickiest elements of making a bobblehead to honor a person: Making it actually look like the person it is honoring.
When the Hornets issued a Lance Stephenson bobblehead earlier this month, he responded with the simple but classic: "This bubblehead do not look like me."
The Phillies took plenty of flak when they put the glove on the wrong hand on Roy Halladay’s bobblehead.
The Golden State Warriors, in the midst of the best start in team history and drawing the most national attention to Oakland basketball since the Run TMC days, apparently know these pitfalls all too well.
So when they decided to honor the late Manute Bol with a bobblehead, they made sure to get it right. They did this:
— Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) January 26, 2015
That’s a 7-foot-7 bobblehead — a life-size model of the late, great big man. And how do we know the size is legit? That’s 7-foot center Andrew Bogut just making it to BobbleBol’s ears.
That bobblehead was a one-of-a-kind, on display in the main concourse of Oracle Arena. But as part of the team’s largest bobblehead giveaway to date, the first 10,000 fans attending Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Bulls received a 10-inch bobblehead of Bol — a version which in itself is taller than past Warriors bobbleheads.
Bol played 10 seasons in the NBA, three of them for the Warriors (including his final season in 1994-95). Bol played 160 games for Golden State, averaging 3 points and 3.7 blocks per game.
When he entered the NBA, he was at the time the tallest player in league history. He died at age 47 in 2010.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, they lost Tuesday to the Bulls in overtime, 113-111, to bring their franchise-record home winning streak to an end at 19 games. They still hold the NBA’s best record at 36-7.