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The 6' 6" point guard not only set an NBA season record with 40 triple-doubles, but he also won Rookie of the Year with the Charlotte Hornets in 1990. Muggsy was disrespected in his playing career, but has become one of the best athletes ever in the world of sports with a net worth of over $50 million in 2010. Bill Russell NBA's all-time leading scorer and player will also make a mark of his own in the world of sports.
Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is an American former basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), 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 Charlotte Sting of the WNBA. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Muggsy Bogues was an anomaly. At 5-foot-3, Bogues is the shortest NBA player in history. If that were his only reason for being remembered, it would be remarkable. But Bogues was so much more than a sideshow. He was a starting point guard for several playoff-caliber Charlotte Hornets teams and spent 14 seasons in the NBA. More than 20 years since he last played for the Hornets, Bogues remains the team’s all-time leader in assists and steals.
By far the shortest player in the history of the National Basketball League, Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues became a fan favorite over his 16-season career from 1987 to 2001. Bogues's life and his exploits on the court were showcases for the possibilities of pure determination, for he overcame the damaging effects of poverty and sought his dream despite the prejudice against his height at the high school, college, and professional levels of basketball. Yet he mastered the position of point guard and was a constant threat with ball-control statistics that ranked among the best in the NBA. Bogues stood at five feet, three inches tall, but he acted as though he could dominate a basketball court full of seven-footers. "I always believed in myself," he told Hank Hersch of Sports Illustrated. "That's the type of attitude I always took out on the floor—knowing that I belonged, that with my talents, my abilities, there's a place for me out there." (Source: biography.jrank.org)
Muggsy Bogues was featured in a recent episode of the Basketball Time Machine on YouTube. Several teammates and opponents spoke about his career. Former Atlanta Hawks star Steve Smith admitted that it was Bogues that prompted him to give up his dreams of being an NBA point guard: (Source: www.sportscasting.com)