- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 1 hour and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: The Atavist
- Audible.com Release Date: November 9, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A489PEK
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For those who know of Bol's exploits in basketball, Jordan Conn's narrative presents him as more than a shot-blocking, one-trick pony. Conn recounts Bol's fascination with the three-pointer and - when fully healthy - his ability to alter a game through his defensive prowess. More than novelty act, Bol's possibilities and talents seduced a generation of top-flight NBA coaches, most notably Don Nelson and Jim Lyman. Behind the scenes, Conn paints a picture of Bol as a delightful, unique individual, beloved by teammates and opponents alike. Even 20+ years after the peak of his playing career, their joy in recounting Bol's exploits is abundantly evident.
Conn's true triumph is in recounting Bol's exploits off the court. The title of the book - 'The Defender' - has two meanings: while ostensibly a nod to his court-clogging capabilities, it also pays tributes to his unstinting support of his homeland. He committed time and resources to improving education in southern Sudan and was instrumental in the long struggle to create what is now known as the Republic of South Sudan.
The first-hand stories make this a must-read, and the writing makes this an enjoyable one. Highly recommended!