Heroes of the Hardwood

Though diminutive, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues loomed large over North Carolina basketball. His excellent vision, quick hands, and pesky defense made him a valuable commodity at Wake. In fact, the legendary Dean Smith once said, “If you don’t see Muggsy, hold the ball high in the air because he’s going to take it away from you.” He was picked by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1988 expansion draft, where he played 10 seasons and became a household name. His star power was only boosted by cameo appearances on “Saturday Night Live,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and the 1996 hit “Space Jam.” He is currently the Hornets’ career leader in minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557), and steals (1,067). But, of course, he’s most remembered for his height—or lack thereof. Standing only 5-3, Bogues remains the shortest player in NBA history.

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