Mugsy Bogues Holds Record, Shortest NBA Player in History

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Tyrone Curtis Bogues is a retired NBA player. He also holds the record as the shortest basketball player in the American league. He became known as the small guard for Charlotte Hornets kicking off against the New York Knicks in NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference on April 24, 1997.

Little Tyrone, known as Muggsy Bogues, holds record as the shortest NBA player of all time
LITTLE TYRONE. The young Muggsy Bogues. Image Credit: National Public Radio, Inc.

He started playing professional basketball in 1987 for the Rhode Island Gulls in the USBL. The Washington Bullets drafted him 12th on the list in the NBA Draft on the same year. He played six games with Charlotte Hornets before moving to the Golden State Warriors in 1997. He spent ten years in Charlotte. He played for the Hornets under Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson’s leadership.

The small guard jokes about his height during a blog interview. His tiny feature did not bother him. He comes from a family of short people. They measure only about five feet. It was no surprise that he would measure only five foot three.

“I always tell people, I think my mom had me when I was 5 feet, 3 inches” — I don’t remember ever growing,” jeered Bogues.

Tyrone loved playing basketball since his childhood days. Raised in Lafayette, Baltimore, he had to prove himself worthy of the American game. The other kids mocked him. He was too short to play.

His little neighbours call him ‘Little Tyrone‘ but the NBA league knows him as Muggsy Bogues. They never thought he would make it in the national league but the aggressive guard never gave up on his dream. He believed in himself. He always knew he could play basketball.

The 1987 NBA draft became a turning point for Bogues entire basketball career. He never knew he would become a famous name in American basketball. He still holds the record as the shortest player in the league.


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