A Razzle Dazzle iconic player. The original “The little guy”. Fast pace, unpaired vision at the time and willingness to steal on the defensive end.
Muggsy Bogues. The all-time shortest National Basketball Association player with 1.60m of irreverence, stealth and fearless motivation.
Prior to the NBA showcase, Muggsy was the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) leader in steals and assists for the Wake Forest University.
Additionally, his Curriculum Vitae was not fully covered upon the worldwide broadcasting time. Bogues was in the 1986 FIBA World Championship USA Roster, ending up winning the gold medal.
Moreover, on the 1987 NBA Draft, the Washington Bullets selected the under-the-radar Bogus with the 12th pick.
Within a talented class which included Scottie Pippen, David Robinson and Reggie Miller, Bogues was selected to stay in the league. Actually, Muggsy stayed for fourteen seasons – until 2001.
Furthermore, the Bullets picking Bogues for marketing purposes or not, the former played alongside the tallest NBA player at the time – Manute Bol (2.31m) – which “coincidence” led to three well-known magazine covers together. Recognized and attention-driven covers were a trend due to their 71cm height disparity.
1.60m was a fact. However, Bogues drive, commitment and perseverance made him a steady NBA player. Muggsy reportedly jumped as high as 110cm. The latter number was not confirmed. On the other hand, an interesting fact is that Bogues managed to block 39 shots throughout his career, one on the Hall of Fame Patrick Ewing (2.13m).
As a later Ambassador of the Charlotte Hornets’ re-branding in 2014, Bogues played there for ten season reaching interesting numbers as career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), steals (1,067), turnovers (1,118), and assists per 48 minutes (13.5). (source: https://goo.gl/vvAX7r)
Nonetheless, Bogues had himself a career off the court. In 2005 “the little guy” was named WNBA’s Charlotte Sting head coach. Was he shorter than all the roster players? In fact, yes he was. Bogues led Sting to a 14-30 record.
Lastly, a remarkable presence of Bogues was on the TV. Alongside Michael Jordan and other NBA players, the sensational movie Space Jam was a hit were Bogues lost his Basketball talents to the Monstars in a comic and engaging way.
Hence, Bogues have had a wider impact than his height could tell. That is what makes him special. His discipline to get competitive advantage on the court through his speed, basketball awareness on defense and tempo-ball.
He sure is an example to follow on how dreams should be pursued. Did his neighborhood believe he could reach and stay in the NBA more than the average seasons-period? No. Did he follow their beliefs? No. He worked with an arduous rhythm and set himself to stardom.
Believe in yourself and work towards your goals because no one will do it for you.