How to Earn the Respect of Your Peers with NBA Player Muggsy Bogues – Ask Clay Anything

Show Notes

If you are trying to find a way to earn respect from your employees, peers or clients then listen in as Clay Clark and Dr. Zoellner interview NBA great Muggsy Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history at 5’3” tall, about overcoming adversity and being the best you.

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Muggsy was the smallest player to ever play in the NBA

His father went to prison when he was a child and his mother raised him by herself.

He 14 season in the NBA – 10 of which with the Charlotte Hornets.

He has committed his life after basketball to mentoring people as much as possible.

Showcase of Muggsy Bogues highlights:

Muggsy playing for the Charlotte Hornets where he spent 10 of his 14 years in the NBA


Muggsy and Michael Jordan –


Tallest and Shortest in history on the same NBA team –

  1. At 7-7, Manute Bol is one of the tallest players in NBA history. At 5-3, Muggsy Bogues is the shortest. Here are photos that truly represent the biggest height differences.

Muggsy in High School at Dunbar –


Highlight Video #1 of Muggsy Bogies dominating the court –


Highlight Video #2 of Muggsy Bogues demolishing his opponents –

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Audio Transcription

You Don’t Have To Be A Giant To Have A MASSIVE Impact

What do you typically picture when you imagine a legend in the world of professional sports? A fierce, six foot six professional basketball player that is an apex predator on the court like Michael Jordan? How about a 297 pound mountain of pure muscle that is capable of superhuman levels of strength like former Mr. Olympia, Ronnie Coleman? Or maybe even a multi-sport hulk of an athlete like the prolific Bo Jackson who could dominate on the gridiron as well as the diamond? Each of these athletes have their own unique skills and disciplines that made them the great and memorable legends we know today. But what’s one thing that they have in common? They’re all giants! It may or may not be obvious, but oftentimes we associate the size of an athlete with strength, skill, or dominance. History has long recorded legends that tower over the average human in one way or another, but what if I told you that giants aren’t the only ones that leave behind massive shoes to fill? Muggsy Bogues wasn’t afraid to enter into the world of professional basketball as the shortest entry to ever play. He never considered his size difference to be a hindrance or a disadvantage. So who exactly is Muggsy Bogues and what made him so great?    

More About Muggsy Bogues 

Tyrone Curtis “Muggsy” Bogues was born on January 9, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland and is a former basketball player. At 5’ 3”, Muggsy was the shortest basketball player to ever play in the NBA (National Basketball Association). Bogues played as a point guard throughout his 14 season career with the NBA. 

What was Muggsy Bogues’ early life like?

Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues was born January 9, 1965, in Baltimore, Maryland to parents Richard and Elaine Bogues. Muggsy was the youngest of four and grew up in a very rough housing project on the east side of Baltimore. Known as the smallest NBA player in recorded history, most fans wonder why Muggsy was so short, and that comes down to simple genetics. His father, Richard, capped out at only 5 foot 6 inches. Whereas his mother, Elaine, didn’t even break the 5 foot mark. Coming in at 4 foot 11 inches tall. During Muggsy’s early childhood, his father Richard was employed as a dockworker. Unfortunately, given the trials of his family’s surroundings and the pressure to survive, Muggsy saw his father taken away and incarcerated at a young age for armed robbery. Muggsy was barely 12 years old when this happened. Bogues was looked after by his mother after this incident. Even though he was small, Muggsy used his spare time growing up on the tough streets of Baltimore doing the one thing he was passionate about. Playing basketball. While Muggsy would make a name for himself later on in life in the NBA, among his childhood friends were other notable NBA names. Muggsy grew up practicing and playing with NBA stars Reggie Williams and David Wingate. Bogues played most of his high school career at  Baltimore’s Southern High School, before transferring to Dunbar High. Dunbar was  a school that was known for having an exceptional  basketball program. IT was her that Muggsy would be reunited with his childhood friend, Dwayne Woods, to dominate the courts together once more. 

Is “Muggsy” his real name? 

No. Muggsy Bogues was born Tyrone Curtis Bogues. He would later adopt the title “Muggsy” from a lifelong friend and fellow NBA star Dwayne Woods. After their childhood sessions on the court practicing using old milk crates as a hoop, and into their years together in high school, Woods would later refer to Bogues as “Muggsy”. He would describe Muggsy Bogues’ playing style as “mugging”, which would explain the origin of the name that everyone associates with Bogues to this day. 

When did Muggsy Bogues become a professional athlete?

During Muggsy’s high school career, he actually started off as an all star wrestler. But Bogues was determined to play basketball. After joining the team at Dunbar, he helped lead them to an astonishing win record, while securing a most valuable player title for himself in the process. Due to his massive success and hard work on the high school courts, Muggsy was able to attend Wake Forest University in 1983 on an athletic scholarship. He would later be drafted 12th overall in the first round in 1987. 

What was Muggsy Bogues early days with the NBA like?

Muggsy was introduced to the NBA when he was drafted out of college by draft by the Washington Bullets. Bogues would go on to sign his first contract worth over $1 million over four years. Not a bad gig for a rookie back then. Muggsy Bogues went on to play for the Washington Bullets for his first season in the NBA and garnered quite a bit of recognition for his playstyle. However, the Bullets did not quite understand how to utilize Muggsy’s abilities on the court and began to cut his game time over the season. By the end of his first professional season, playing in only 79 games, Muggsy Bogues’ stats clocked in at 393 points total. Averaging under 5 points per game. He would go on to be traded to the Hornets following this. 

What were Muggsy Bogues’ stats during his professional career?

During Muggsy’s professional NBA Career he was able to rack up some truly awesome stats. 

  • Bogues managed to put 889 total games played under his belt. 
  • Of the 889 games played, he started in 556 of them. 
  • Bogues averaged a 28.6 minutes of playing time per game 
  • Muggsy’s “field Goal” or shots scored per game ranged from 3 to 7 during his career
  • His overall score completion percentage averaged out at 46%


How long did Muggsy play in the NBA? 

Muggsy played a total of 16 seasons in the NBA. He began his professional career in  1987 and continued to play on through 2001. 

What teams did Muggsy Bogues play for professionally? 

Muggsy ended up playing for 4 different NBA teams in total during his career. Again, he would start out his career with the NBA with the Washington Bullets. Muggsy Bogues spent his first year in the NBA in Washington DC and had a complete run with the Bullets from 1987 to 1988 until he was later traded to the  Charlotte Hornets. Muggsy would really make a name for himself during his time with the Hornets from 1988 to 1998. During his time with the Hornets, Bogues found himself regularly leading the Hornets As their point guard and even placing near the top of the NBA standings in assists. It was with the assistance of Bogues that the Hornets would make their first-ever playoff appearance in the NBA. After falling victim to injuries during his later years with the Hornets, Bogues would then be traded to the Golden state Warriors in 1998. He managed to play one year with the Warriors before being traded to his final NBA team, the Toronto Raptors, in 1999. Muggsy would then round out his NBA career with the Toronto Raptors and finally retire in 2001. 

What position did Muggsy Bogues play during his career?

Muggsy Bogues was always, and will forever be a point guard. From his days in high school, to the epic saga that was his NBA career. Bogues was a point guard through and through. 

How tall was Muggsy Bogues when he played in the NBA? 

Muggsy played the position of point guard for a wide variety of NBA teams and stood at a mere 5 feet 3 inches. He was revered as the shortest basketball player to ever play professionally in the NBA. This, however, did not stop him from having an amazing career and further justified his place amongst the greats in his field. 

What else has Muggsy Bogues done outside of the NBA?

Most notably for me, Muggsy starred in the Michael Jordan lead blockbuster hit Space Jam. Outside of his brief foray into acting, Muggys Bogues has been a real estate agent, but is most commonly known for his role as head coach of the Charlotte Sting. A WNBA basketball team that Bogues coached after he retired from playing professionally. 



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