Muggsy Bogues
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    Retired NBA basketball player, Muggsy Bogues, was born on January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland. Bogues is a retired point guard and former head coach of the now-defunct Charlotte Sting of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). He played for five teams during his 14-season career in the NBA, best known for his involvement with the Charlotte Hornets. He also played for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, and the Toronto Raptors. At 5' 3", Bogues was, and remains, the shortest player ever to play in the NBA.

    Mugsy Bogues was drafted twelfth 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 stands at 7 feet 7 inches (231 cm) tall, and is the second tallest player to have ever played in the NBA (behind Gheorghe Muresan). Bol and Bogues appeared on three magazine covers together.

    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 ball-stealer, and one of the fastest on court.

    Mugsy Bogues spent ten years in Charlotte as the Hornets, led by Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson, became one of the most popular teams in the NBA and a perennial playoff contender. Charlotte Hornets replica jerseys, including Bogues', were worn by children all over United States. Bogues was one of the most popular players in Hornets history, despite the fact that he never averaged more than 11.2 points per game in a season.

    He is the Hornets' career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), steals (1,067) and turnovers (1,118) and in assists per game (8.7927) and assists per 48 minutes (13.4933). Bogues held the shortest NBA player title and the Hornets' single-game record of 19 assists, broken by Chris Paul (another player from Wake Forest University) on Nov. 7, 2007. He also held the Hornets' postseason-game record of 15 assists, but that record was also broken on April 22, 2008 by Chris Paul, when he dished out 17 assists in the Hornets' win over the Dallas Mavericks.

    In 1996, Mugsy Bogues managed to block a shot attempt by New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing, who stands at 7 feet tall.

    Two 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 essentially conclude his career. Although he was later traded to both the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks, he did not play a single game for either franchise.

    Since leaving the NBA, Mugsy 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. Notably, he was shorter than all of his players, the shortest member of the Sting being Helen Darlings who stands 5 feet 6 inches. He lost his job as coach when the team folded in January 2007. He currently works for the Charlotte Bobcats in their front office. His autobiography, In The Land of Giants, recounts his struggle to meet the challenges of growing up in inner-city Baltimore and achieve success in the NBA. 


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