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Before there was Yao Ming or Shawn Bradley to rule the skies of the NBA, there was Manute Bol. The 7'7" Sudanese baller played for multiple teams from 1985-1996 and with his combo of being foreign and freakishly tall, he delighted the fans with glorious awkwardness. Sadly he passed away from acute kidney failure in 2010. Today would have been his 50th birthday and we're keeping his memory alive with some photos that will hopefully brighten your work day. Here are 20 Awkwardly Awesome Photos of Manute Bol.

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