It’s the ultimate sign of respect.
Bol Bol put on a show in the NBA Bubble, recording 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in the Nuggets’ 89-82 exhibition win over the Wizards Wednesday. He hit two 3-pointers in the process, utilizing his versatility to play various positions throughout the game.
The performance immediately prompted a “random” drug test for the 7-foot-2 rookie.
“I’ve been working really hard, especially since I got here in the bubble,” Bol told reporters after the game. “I was just trying not to be nervous, and then everything would just come to me.”
The son of former NBA center Manute Bol, Bol Bol was once considered a top prospect ahead of the 2019 NBA draft. Left foot surgery derailed his season at Oregon, however, causing him to slide to the 44th pick.
The surgery has kept Bol on the sideline for the entirety of his rookie campaign to this point. His standout performance on Wednesday was his NBA debut.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone hopes there will be more “random” drug test-type performances to come.
“I can’t teach 7-[foot]-2. I can’t teach a 7-[foot]-9 wingspan, and I sure as hell can’t teach a really soft touch all the way out to the NBA 3-points line,” Malone told reporters after the game. “So, he’s only going to get better as he gets stronger.”