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Meet Manute Bol's son, Bol Bol

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Meet Manute Bol's son, Bol Bol

If we told you the late Manute Bol had a son in seventh grade who was 6'-5", you wouldn't be surprised. But if we told you Manute's son has been described as having "amazing agility" with "great hands" and "runs the court well," well, that would be surprising, and definitely a departure from his old man's skills.Bol Bol is a seventh grader in Kansas City, MO who isn't yet his dad's size (7'-7"), but he could be on his way.Bol is one of 10 children fathered by his dad, the late Manute, who died of kidney failure in 2010 at age 47.
Manute played in the NBA for 12 seasons with the Warriors, Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. He and Gheorge Muresan are tied for being the tallest players in NBA history.Old-school Warriors fans may remember one of the most bizarre sights in the history of basketball, when head coach Don Nelson, always in search of an advantageous matchup, would occasionally bring the 7-foot-7 Sudanese Tribesman outside the arc to shoot threes. Manute hit 20 of 91 attempts in the 1988-89 season. What a sight.
What Manute did very well, of course, was block shots. He swatted way 2,086 in his career, and none more than his rookie season when he blocked 397 in 80 games for the Bullets. That's almost five blocks a game.
The younger Bol seems like he might be a bit more capable from beyond the arc, however, based on a few highights here. The behind-the-back dish to the kid for a baseline three illustrates some of his athleticism: Here's what the recruiting site iHigh.com had to say about Bol Bol:"...Appears to be out of the same mold as his late father (Manute Bol) in that hes a long, lanky, athletic shot blocker with amazing agility and coordination for somebody so big and so young. He also has great hands and excellent skills, plays with a lot of energy and runs the court extremely well, and, with his genes and pedigree, its only a matter of time before he becomes a 7-footer. In other words, were talking about a guy with super star written all over him and, based on his projected size, athleticism, and incredible upside and potential, its easy to see why we will have ranked among the top five players nationally in his class when later this week we publish our Ranking of the Top Player Nationally in the Class of 2018."

New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

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New Clippers advisor Jerry West: 'I did not want to leave' Warriors

After six years as an Executive Board member for the Warriors, Jerry West unexpectedly departed in June. He took an advisory role with the division rival Clippers.

It was a curious move for the 79-year-old. Leave the defending champs for a team in turmoil?

On Monday, the former Lakers legend and Hall of Famer talked about his move south an interview with The Athletic's Tim Kawakami.

"Frankly it was very sad, OK? It really was. A place where I thought that if I was going to work another year or if somebody wanted me to work another year, I thought I could contribute; I did not want to leave. I did not want to leave. I was very happy there.

But those things happen sometimes. Obviously to be around a bunch of players that were as together as any I’ve seen and I think more importantly the talent that was on that team and to see the joy. There’s a lot of joy there. I think those are the kind of environments where people really prosper."

West then explains why he's not with the Warriors anymore.

"It was time for me to leave. I’m in Los Angeles again. For me, I’ll have a chance to go in the office a little bit and watch some of the people that have been hired, to watch our coaches coach. I’ve often said I’ve done some crazy things in my life because of the timing and maybe the timing was right."

West won one NBA title as a player and has eight as an executive, including two with the Warriors.

The Clippers, along with West, get their first look at the defending champion Warriors on Monday, Oct. 30 in Los Angeles.

Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

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Steve Kerr: 'The most impressive thing with our guys...'

It's been a pretty good run for the Warriors over the last three seasons:

- 2014-15 = 67-15, NBA champions
- 2015-16 = 73-9, NBA runner-up
- 2016-17 = 67-15, NBA champions

And Steve Kerr is on record saying that his team will be even better in 2017-18.

The Warriors' head coach recently sat down with Scott Ostler of The San Francisco Chronicle and explained why he isn't concerned about the upcoming campaign.

“Ultimately, we’re in a great spot. Our guys are happy, they’re doing their thing. There’s no need for much drama. The most impressive thing with our guys is, people talk about Pat Riley’s book and what he calls ‘the disease of me,’ where you win a championship and all of a sudden, everyone wants a bigger role, more money, whatever.

“I think that is sort of human nature, to want more. But our guys I think, have a genuine awareness that they’re getting all that through winning. More is coming their way individually as a result of the team’s success.

"It takes a really mature perspective to feel that way.”

Nothing exemplifies Kerr's thoughts more than Kevin Durant's financial sacrifice.

[REWIND: Myers: 'Unequivocally' there is no Iguodala or Livingston without Durant]

He could have earned about $34.7 million yet agreed to a $25 million salary for next season to help the Warriors retain Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Golden State replaced Ian Clark, James Michael McAdoo and Matt Barnes with Nick Young, Omri Casspi and Jordan Bell.

Otherwise, everybody else is back.

"We have a lot of momentum, and our guys have a comfort level, and obviously, we’re loaded with talent," Kerr told The Chronicle. "It’s fun to think about the season, think about where we can get better, players we can add. That’s what I spend a lot of my time down here doing, just thinking about what’s next for us.

“But I don’t worry at all about us being successful; I don’t worry about anybody’s ego getting in the way.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller