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Manute Bol's Coach Made Up Late Player's Birthdate, Making Him The Oldest Player In The NBA

Kevin Mackey explained the Sudan native wasn't sure of his birtday, but believes he was in his 40's during his time in the NBA. 

If you ask the right person, they'll be happy to breakdown the difference between a good lie and a bad lie. From the looks of it, a little white lie changed the life of the late Manute Bol, who is more the likely the oldest athlete to play in the NBA.

On Tuesday (Nov. 21), Adam Zagoria shared on his site an interview with Former Cleveland State coach Kevin Mackey. The 71-year-old is now a scout with the Indiana Pacers, but looked back on his time with Bol, who passed away at the presumed age of 47 in 2010.

Well, Mackey says Bol might've been a lot older since he made up the Sudan native's birthdate when he arrived in the states in the late 80's.

“[Bol] had no idea of his age and the kid who came over with him didn’t know how old he was,” Mackey said. “No one knew how old he was. Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35. He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.”

Mackey said immigration was very welcoming of Bol, due to his height and the attention it would bring to the the university, “The immigration people were in the office [at Cleveland State] and they thought it was great," he said. "They wanted to cover themselves because Manute was starting to get so much publicity. His picture was in the paper. He was on the 6 o’clock news because he was a such a different looking guy than everyone else. At that time, no one had ever seen anything like it.”

Bol's birthday became Oct. 16, 1962. While Bol never got the chance to play for Cleveland State, he did play for the University of Bridgeport and was picked up by the Washington Bullets in the 1985 Draft. Mackey believes people on the school's committee were upset that African players were "taking scholarships away from American players." The school was placed on probation for three years for allegedly providing financial assistance to Bol and other players, which he denies to this day.

“Manute never played one f**king game for Cleveland State," he said. "We knew we couldn’t get him into school, but what were we supposed to do, send him back? He refused to go. His people were starving back there. The bottom line is, we got zero competitive advantage, none, and they hit us with three years f**king probation.”

He played for a number of teams like the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. He was thought to be in 20's and left the game in his late 30's.

His son, Bol Bol is looking to also have a career in the NBA. The 18-year-old is currently a power forward at Findlay Prep (NV) High School. On Monday (Nov. 20), the 7'2 star signed a National Letter of Intent with Oregon, giving him the chance to continue his hoop dreams.

See? Some lies aren't so bad after all.

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"All games are free to film except for the Spire Institute games,” an email reportedly sent by LaVar read. “To film either of the 2 Spire Institute games, you will have to present $3,500 at the gate, as per rules of the Big Baller Brand media credential… If you accept these conditions, you may present this email at the gate as proof of our approval where you will be given a media pass.”

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"The Ball Sports Group in November entered into a partnership with FloSports Inc. to live stream five SPIRE games featuring LaMelo, beginning with one on Tuesday (Jan. 14) at Brush High School in Ohio," the site reports. "FloSports Inc. agreed to pay $5,000 per game, according to the contract which was signed by Foster."

Here's the email telling video outlets they must pay $3,500 to film LaMelo and @SpireBasketball this weekend in Kentucky.

— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 17, 2019

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Louisville International Airport To Be Renamed After Muhammad Ali

Louisville, Kentucky's hometown hero will have an airport named after him.

Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that the Louisville International Airport will be renamed after Muhammad Ali.

"Muhammad Ali belonged to the world, but he only had one hometown, and fortunately, that is our great city of Louisville," Fischer said.

"Muhammad became one of the most well-known people to ever walk the earth and has left a legacy of humanitarianism and athleticism that has inspired billions of people."

The city is hoping to finalize the renaming of the Louisville International Airport to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport by June. The news was shared a day before the two year anniversary of Ali's 2016 death. Ali would've been 77.

Officials with the Louisville airport are currently working on receiving approval from Ali's family, however, they say an agreement is near. The decision for the rename to hopefully increase tourism.

"It is important that we, as a city, further champion The Champ's legacy," the mayor added. "And the airport renaming is a wonderful next step."

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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LIII

As reported by the National Football Leauge (NFL) and CBS, Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem at the 53rd Super Bowl event. The Motown legend will usher in the final game of the season in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

In more recent years, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, and many more have performed the anthem on this stage.

Alongside Knight, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), will have a performer and deaf activist by the name of Aaron Loggins sign the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful."

Super Bowl LIII will take place Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The playoffs are currently underway.

Atlanta, I’m coming home! #NFL #SBLIII

— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) January 17, 2019

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