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“We want Bol Bol” chants have almost become a tradition at the Footprint Center

Nov 4, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Phoenix Suns center Bol Bol (11) observes the anthem before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night at the Footprint Center witnessed a commanding performance by the Phoenix Suns, leading by a substantial 20 points with less than 4 minutes remaining.

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As victory seemed imminent, Coach Frank Vogel took the opportunity to empty his bench, ushering in a wave of substitutions.

Nassir Little took the floor for Kevin Durant, Yuta Watanabe stepped in for Eric Gordon, Keita Bates-Diop replaced Jusuf Nurkic, and Chimezie Metu took the spot of Grayson Allen.

However, left out of the mix being sent in for the final couple of minutes was the Suns’ recently acquired 7’3 power forward and fan favorite, Bol Bol.

In response, after noticing that he would not be subbed in, chants erupted across the Footprint Center, chanting his name.

Interestingly, this incident unfolded just hours before Bol Bol would turn 24 years old.

Funny enough, this was also not the first time that these chants had broken out.

Since he joined the Suns in July, his playing time has been limited to a mere 2.3 minutes on the court, primarily confined to the final moments of blowout games.

This represents a stark contrast to his performance in the previous season with the Orlando Magic, where he averaged 21 minutes and 9.1 points per game.

In a quirky tradition, Suns fans have made it a point to vocalize their desire for more Bol Bol action during fourth-quarter blowouts, echoing the sentiment captured in the viral video credited to @Philip_h_Tate.

Time and time again, the Footprint Center has seen the chant “We want Bol Bol” echo through the arena.

Is it time for Frank Vogel and the Suns to give Bol Bol some more minutes?

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