Warriors may soon sign Bol

October 18, 1994|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Leave it to Manute Bol, last seen talking to the Harlem Globetrotters about a job, to find NBA redemption in a most unlikely place.

Bol was in Paris yesterday, negotiating to join the Golden State Warriors as the team prepared to play Charlotte tonight on the league's preseason around-the-world slate.

Warriors coach Don Nelson, speaking from his hotel in an NBA media conference call, said Bol could be signed before game time.

"It's kind of hard to hide Manute," Nelson said. "We tried to keep it a secret. We are going to attempt to sign him. I hope we can get that done very shortly."

Nelson, who is always short on big men, is chronically so this preseason. Chris Webber, Cliff Rozier and Carlos Rogers remain unsigned.

Bol previously played for Golden State, the Washington Bullets and Philadelphia 76ers.

"If we're going to be without some players this year, he gives me another big shot-blocker and center to work with," Nelson said.

"We have a legitimate interest in signing Manute. It's time for us to take some measures and anticipate us not having some of our draftees. This isn't just a threat. It's a legitimate signing."

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