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Muggsy Bogues
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Bogues in Delhi in 2011
Personal information
Born (1965-01-09) January 9, 1965 (age 53)
Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Listed weight 135 lb (61 kg)
Career information
High school Paul Laurence Dunbar
(Baltimore, Maryland)
College Wake Forest (1983–1987)
NBA draft 1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Washington Bullets
Playing career 1987–2001
Position Point guard
Number 1, 14
Coaching career 2005–2014
Career history
As player:
1987 Rhode Island Gulls
1987–1988 Washington Bullets
19881997 Charlotte Hornets
19971999 Golden State Warriors
19992001 Toronto Raptors
As coach:
2005–2007 Charlotte Sting (WNBA)
2011–2014 United Faith Christian Academy
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 6,858 (7.7 ppg)
Assists 6,726 (7.6 apg)
Steals 1,369 (1.5 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is an American retired basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association, the 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) Bogues played point guard for four teams during his 14-season career in the NBA. Although best known for his ten seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, Bogues also played for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Toronto Raptors. After his NBA career, he served as head coach of the now-defunct WNBA team Charlotte Sting.

Early life

Bogues was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in the Lafayette Court housing projects.[1] He was raised by his mother after his father went to prison. He played at Dunbar High School in Baltimore,[2] where he was coached by Bob Wade, later the head coach at the University of Maryland. He was a teammate of future NBA players David Wingate (graduating class ahead of him), Reggie Williams and Reggie Lewis (both in his graduating class). The 1981–82 Dunbar Poets finished the season at 29–0 during Bogues' junior season and finished 31–0 during his senior season, and were ranked first in the nation by USA Today.[3]

College

Bogues making a layup for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

He went on to play four years at Wake Forest University, averaging 11.3 points, 8.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game in his junior year. He followed with a senior campaign in which he averaged 14.8 points, 9.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. When his collegiate career ended, he was the ACC career leader in steals and assists.

Bogues played for the USA national team in the 1986 FIBA World Championship, and won the gold medal.[4]

NBA career

After a brief stint playing for the Rhode Island Gulls in the USBL, Bogues was drafted 12th overall in the 1987 NBA draft by the Washington Bullets, and was part of a talent-laden draft class that also included David Robinson, Reggie Miller, Scottie Pippen, and Kevin Johnson. In his rookie year, Bogues was a teammate of Manute Bol who stood 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m) tall. They were the tallest and shortest players in NBA history at the time, with 28 inches (71 cm) difference between them. Bol and Bogues appeared on three magazine covers together.

Despite his height, Bogues managed to block 39 shots throughout his NBA span including one on 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) tall Patrick Ewing. This happened on April 14, 1993 in the first quarter, when Ewing was pulling the ball back to go up for the shot and Bogues stripped him of the ball. Bogues reportedly had a 44-inch (110 cm) measured vertical leap, but his hands were too small to hold on to a ball to dunk one-handed. It has been claimed that Bogues once successfully dunked during pregame practice in December 1990, but that has never been confirmed.[5]

Charlotte Hornets

The Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets were set to enter the NBA for the 1988–89 NBA season. Despite their weakness at the point guard, Bogues was left unprotected by the Bullets. On June 22, 1988 the Hornets selected him in the expansion draft. As Bogues settled in Charlotte, he established himself as an exceptional passer, a great stealer, and one of the fastest players on the court.

Bogues spent ten years in Charlotte as the Hornets, led by Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson, became one of the NBA's most popular teams[citation needed] and a perennial playoff contender. Bogues was one of the most popular players in Hornets history. He is the Hornets' career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), steals (1,067), turnovers (1,118), and assists per 48 minutes (13.5).

Later career

Six games into the 1997–98 NBA season, Bogues' career in Charlotte ended when he was traded, along with Tony Delk, to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for B. J. Armstrong. Bogues played two seasons with the Warriors, and then signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors, where he would eventually finish his career. Although he was later traded to both the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, he did not play in a game for either team.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1987–88 Washington 79 14 20.6 .390 .188 .784 1.7 5.1 1.6 .0 5.0
1988–89 Charlotte 79 21 22.2 .426 .077 .750 2.1 7.8 1.4 .1 5.4
1989–90 Charlotte 81 65 33.9 .491 .192 .791 2.6 10.7 2.0 .0 9.4
1990–91 Charlotte 81 46 28.4 .460 .000 .796 2.7 8.3 1.7 .0 7.0
1991–92 Charlotte 82 69 34.0 .472 .074 .783 2.9 9.1 2.1 .1 8.9
1992–93 Charlotte 82 80 35.0 .453 .231 .833 3.7 8.8 2.0 .1 10.0
1993–94 Charlotte 77 77 35.7 .471 .167 .806 4.1 10.7 1.7 .0 10.8
1994–95 Charlotte 78 78 33.7 .477 .200 .889 3.3 8.7 1.3 .0 11.1
1995–96 Charlotte 6 0 12.8 .375 .000 1.000 1.2 3.2 .3 .0 2.3
1996–97 Charlotte 65 65 28.9 .400 .417 .844 2.2 7.2 1.3 .0 8.0
1997–98 Charlotte 2 0 8.0 .437 .000 1.000 .5 2.0 1.0 .0 3.0
1997–98 Golden State 59 31 26.3 .494 .250 .894 2.2 5.5 1.1 .1 5.8
1998–99 Golden State 36 5 19.8 .439 .000 .861 2.0 3.7 1.2 .0 5.1
1999–00 Toronto 80 5 21.6 .448 .333 .908 1.7 3.7 .8 .1 5.1
2000–01 Toronto 3 0 11.3 .000 .000 .000 1.0 1.7 .7 .0 0.0
Career 889 556 28.6 .458 .278 .827 2.6 7.6 1.6 .0 7.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1988 Washington 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 2.0 .0 .0 0.0
1993 Charlotte 9 9 38.4 .476 .000 .714 4.0 7.8 2.7 .0 9.8
1995 Charlotte 4 4 36.3 .311 .333 1.000 1.5 6.3 1.0 .0 8.5
1997 Charlotte 2 2 29.0 .579 .857 1.000 1.5 2.5 .5 .0 16.0
2000 Toronto 3 2 29.0 .286 .333 .333 2.0 1.7 1.3 .0 5.3
Career 19 17 33.6 .419 .476 .769 2.7 5.6 1.7 .0 8.9

Career after the NBA

After leaving the NBA, Bogues worked in the real estate business until August 3, 2005, when he was named head coach of the Charlotte Sting in the Women's National Basketball Association, despite a lack of coaching experience. He was shorter than all of his players — at 5'6", Helen Darling was the shortest Sting player. Bogues led the Sting to a 14-30 record before the team folded in January 2007.

In 2011, he became the head coach of United Faith Christian Academy boys' high school basketball team in Charlotte, North Carolina after serving as an assistant to former head coach Shaun Wiseman.[6][7] His autobiography, In the Land of Giants, recounts the struggles of growing up in inner-city Baltimore and achieving success in the NBA.

On March 18, 2014, Bogues was named the Charlotte Hornets' Ambassador, participating in the team's rebranding.[8]

Television and movie appearances

Bogues appeared in the movie Space Jam, as one of five NBA players (along with Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson, and Patrick Ewing) whose playing ability is stolen by the villainous Monstars.

He had a cameo appearance in the movie Juwanna Mann.

Bogues made a cameo appearance in TV series Curb Your Enthusiasm as himself, sharing a restroom with Larry David and Richard Lewis and nearly having an altercation with David after catching them looking at his penis while urinating.

In 1996, Bogues had a cameo at the end of Eddie in which Whoopi Goldberg's character flirts with him. He then walks out onto the court to support her character preventing Wild Bill from moving the Knicks.

He made a cameo appearance on an episode of Saturday Night Live with Charles Barkley hosting and Nirvana the musical guest.

He also appeared in an episode of Hang Time where he spoke against steroids.[9]

Bogues appeared in "Rebound", the first episode of season 7 of Royal Pains, in which he attended a welcoming party hosted by Ms. "New Parts" Newberg.[10]

Bouges was interviewed for Baltimore Boys, an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary that highlighted the Dunbar Poets high school basketball team.

See also

References

  1. ^ Muggsy Bogues Profile. July 16, 2012. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Muggsy Bogues". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dunbar High: Brick House". SLAM Online. 2007-09-21. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  4. ^ 1986 USA Basketball Archived August 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Muggsy Bogues Dunk : Did It Ever Happen?". (February 10, 2015). Retrieved June 16, 2015.
  6. ^ Jordan, Jason. "Ogbueze ready for professional tutelage – ESPNHS Boys' Basketball – ESPNHS". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  7. ^ Wertz, Langston Jr. "Bogues takes basketball reins at United Faith". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Bogues and Carroll Named Team Ambassadors Archived 2014-03-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0091932/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
  10. ^ "Royal Pains" Rebound (TV Episode 2015), retrieved 2017-07-10 

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