Muggsy Bogues Rumors

The Charlotte Bobcats are defining Matt Carroll’s role with the team and bringing Muggsy Bogues back into the fold. A couple of months ago I reported Carroll, who played 7 ½ of his 10 NBA seasons as a Bobcat, was joining the organization. The franchise didn’t initially define his role. The Bobcats are now calling Carroll a “team ambassador” with a variety of roles. He’s started doing radio color analysis on home games (long overdue Scott Lauer got someone to interact with). Carroll will also serve a variety of community-relations roles with the team.
At 5-foot-3, Charlotte Hornets legend Muggsy Bogues is the shortest player in NBA history. At 7-foot-6, former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is one of the tallest. NBA commissioner-to-be Adam Silver (he’s taking over for David Stern on February 1) posted this picture of them together, which shows just how stark that height difference is: The photo was taken during the NBA’s recent tour of China, which saw several exhibition games played in Shanghai and Bejing. Yao, of course, is largely responsible for the NBA’s explosion in popularity in China over the last decade.
But Bogues thinks the best thing he brought to that New Delhi clinic was his lack of height. At 5-foot-3, Bogues – and his story of unlikely success – is someone to whom many can relate. Kids aren’t intimidated the way they might be around some 7-footer. “The culture of the sport says there’s no place for someone my size,” Bogues said. “But if you pursue it, chase it, great things can happen. “My presence is probably more powerful than anything I could say.” Most of the kids at the clinic – ranging from around the fourth grade through high school – spoke at least a smattering of English, and Bogues had a translator with a background in basketball.
The shortest player in NBA history took his longest trip ever to coach a single afternoon of basketball. First, it was a two-hour flight to Toronto. Then a 7 1/2-hour flight to Brussels, Belgium. And finally an 8 1/2-hour flight to New Delhi. All that to teach 75 kids from India how to dribble and shoot. No sightseeing, no banquets. And ex-Charlotte Hornet Muggsy Bogues loved it. “I feel like this is my mission – to help introduce kids to basketball everywhere,” Bogues said upon return from the quickest transcontinental trip imaginable. Bogues was representing the NBA in the league’s ongoing effort to globalize basketball. India loves cricket, but Bogues says basketball is growing there. With such a large population (about 1.2 billion), India has to have plenty of athletes with unrealized hoops potential, just as China eventually produced Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian.
The United Faith Christian Academy boys’ basketball team has been suspended from the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs for two years and put on two years probation because of a recruiting violation, United Faith headmaster Dr. Joe Siragusa said. Siragusa met with the NCISAA Board of Directors on Tuesday and the ruling was handed down later that day, he said. The violation stems from an email sent by Siragusa on Sept. 23 to what he said are guardians for the school’s several international basketball players. He said the email was sent after the school hired Muggsy Bogues to replace former boys’ basketball coach Shaun Wiseman to “reassure everyone we will have a high quality program.” “I never would have thought … that my email would have waded into the area of recruitment,” Siragusa said.
Who was the better defender? Pippen was one of the best and most gifted defenders of all time. But MJ was the better defender. Michael could shut down anyone in the world for a 3 minute span. The best he’s ever seen. (I was pretty shocked by that, but man what does that tell you about MJ, unbelievable.) Jordan was the most ferocious competitor Bach has seen in all his years of basketball. Johnny said physically Jordan and Pippen were about the same as defenders. But when you add in MJ’s ruthlessness and trash talk, that put him ahead of Scottie. When Johnny was coaching with the Hornets in 1995 they had a good team. Glen Rice, Mourning, Johnson. Series was tied at 2 and Hornets had a chance to win game 5 in Chicago. On the biggest possession of the game, Mugsy had the ball with the Hornets down 1. Jordan backed off of him and told him: “shoot it you f—ing midget.” Mugsy shot it, didn’t come close. A year later Mugsy actually told Johnny Bach that he believes that single play ruined his career. His shot never recovered.
It’s best to start this post by saying that there’s no way these Michael Jordan stories can ever be completely verified, even if they are coming from long-time Bulls assistant coach Johnny Bach. It’s been almost 20 years since Jordan played his last game with the Bulls, so I think the statute of limitations has run out for vetting these bad boys. Plus, these showed up on the Internet as an email from a friend who had dinner with Bach. Red flags all around. That being said, when you read these stories, you’ll agree that they’re so very Michael Jordan that they must be true. Here’s the first, which starts out innocent enough, then takes a turn for MJ ruining people pretty quickly.
Former Wake Forest and Charlotte Hornets point guard Muggsy Bogues is the boys’ basketball coach at private United Faith Christian. He will start Tuesday. Bogues, 46, replaces Shaun Wiseman, who led United Faith to three straight appearances in the N.C. 1A Independent Schools championship game. The Falcons won the title in 2009 and 2010. “My goal is to make sure I do a great job this year and give the kids what they need,” Bogues said. “I’m looking forward to working with the kids and helping to build the program.”
Deserved or not, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has acquired somewhat of a lousy rap. Over the course of his 11-year ownership of the Mavericks, he’s been accused of a lack of common sense, of insider trading and has lost over $1 million in fines for actions or comments deemed inappropriate by the NBA. But for every negative associated with Cuban’s name, there is an equal or greater positive. Just ask former NBA player Muggsy Bogues. “I’ve never met Mr. Mark Cuban, but I tell people that I thank him more than life itself,” Bogues, 46, said recently over the phone from his home in Charlotte. “I had three years left on my contract when my mom passed away, and I decided it was time to move on [from basketball]. I walked away from the game with three years left on my contract. He (Cuban) could have easily just have bought me out of my contract, but he went on and honored it and paid the three years out and never looked back.”
(Reggie Lewis’) passing was so hard on everybody. I can only imagine how difficult it must’ve been for you. Muggsy Bogues: Words can’t describe the pain. Reg was such a great friend of ours, such a great person, so humble, and he was just starting to reach his stardom. That was his team, the Boston Celtics. The Big Three (Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish), had passed the torch down to him and that was something that he felt so grateful for, so respected, because he respected those guys and he earned their respect—it wasn’t something that they just gave him, he earned it. He’s always been that type of humble guy. Even though he was the sixth man on a high school team, you know Reg could start on anybody’s team, but he was able to accept that role to allow us to do what we was able to do—to win the national championship two years in a row. And he always had been that way, and that’s one of the reasons why he was able to put Boston on his shoulders and able to do the things he was able to do and get the respect from the Big Three, as he called it. So now I know he’s smiling up there, watching over his kids, just wishing everybody can continue to keep doing what their supposed to do, because that’s what he would want us to do.