Muggsy Bogues is showing campers at Crews Road Recreation Center in Matthews a crossover dribble. He goes between his legs and hard to his right, all precision and speed, and now he’s free. Those of us who watched the Charlotte Hornets in the 1980s and ’90s have seen this move. Bogues was the team’s point guard and soul, a 5-foot-3 leader seemingly immune to fatigue. A collection of personalities and talents, the early Hornets were more special than almost any of us – player, fan, media – realized. They also had it easy. Charlotte was by major league sports standards an outpost in 1988, when the NBA sent the Hornets our way. It was like getting running water or electricity. There was nothing to compare the Hornets to or measure them against. No Charlotte team, not even the Carolina Panthers, has or will receive a warmer welcome.
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